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Saturday, 5 December 2009

Les 4 Chandelles

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This post - if it works - should offer you a slide presentation called Les 4 chandelles and is the second in my Pause for Advent posts.

Hopefully if you click on the link below where it says Les 4 chandelles it should work though you may need to have Powerpoint running at the time:

For those of you who do not read French I have done a rough translation below:
4 Candles burned gently and you could almost hear them speak. The first candle said I am Peace but the world is full of war and dispute and the candle of Peace went out. The second one said I am Faith but I am no longer deemed indispensible and a soft draught caused the second candle to go out. The third one was called Love but nobody seems to recognise my importance any more and the flame of Love died too. Suddenly a child came in and noticed the candles had gone out - why are you no longer burning he said and began to cry. The last candle said Don't be afraid for I am Hope and with me you can relight the others. With Hope we can all live in Peace with Faith and Love.
God you are my light and my salvation. Please forgive my sins and give me the gift of everlasting life. Make me an instrument of your love and let your light shine through me.

I think that this little story which was sent to me by a French friend some months ago is perhaps for me what Christmas is all about - Hope. Let us remember that always but especially at this season. I hope you will like it as much as I do and that the slide show will work for you.
PS I tried to edit the post following Floss's comment and managed to lose the lot so hopefully this time I have it right!


  1. I couldn't make the slideshow work, but I think the story is lovely - really something to think about.

    Pomona x

  2. It doesn't work for me either, and I only see three candles: Hope is missing. I think my screen is too small for that.

  3. I got it working on my third attempt, Jane, and it's great. I was a bit stupid and firstly tried to click on the picture instead of on the title (which you clearly told me to do). Then I clicked on your link, which took me back to me (der) and then I finally read your instructions PROPERLY and got the slide show. So, perhaps, you need to make your instructions very, very clear for the hard of thinking, like me!

    Something has indeed happened to your text, and possibly to the fourth candle - they aren't visible on the blog.

    Now to the slides - very moving, and very thought-provoking. Thanks so much - I hope that everyone gets it to work for them!

  4. I saw the charming slide show - a beautiful sentiment. (If you edit this blog, highlight the picture and choose a smaller size it should be all visible, otherwise you can sometimes do it in the html edit tab - hope I'm not telling you something you already know)
    Loved my package of goodies - you have made my day.

  5. This is just what I needed. Very nice post

  6. I couldn't get the slideshow to work Jane but I love the sentiments behind the story. Thank you.

    Jeanne x

  7. Have a nice Sunday!

    I love this period, countdown to Christmas!!!!


  8. I "sort of" got it to work.... My laptop is upstairs and I use a dongle, and if it is rainy or windy (which it is!!!! Quelle Surprise!" then I am grateful for anything I can receive through the ether....... What beautiful sentiments..................

  9. Jill,
    A timely reminder of the season. I got the slideshow up OK and it played fine. My French is very rusty so thanks for the translation. No matter what the language though, it's the message that matters most. Lesley

  10. lovely words :)
    have a nice week
    Lucy xx

  11. Very very enjoyable and such a great story. I will have to save it to read to my grandchildren. Thank you :)

  12. What a wonderful story! we all need Hope :)


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