Words of Hope: The importance of Symbolism

I watched one of our friend’s post a video of his baptism. His daughter also was baptized. It’s so surprising to me what a joyous event this is. I cry every baptism I watch. The symbolism is one of the greatest in the world. This idea of death and resurrection, unclean becoming clean, rebirth.  

The other night at our mealtime conversation, we asked what symbols do we hold as most meaningful and how do they inspire us?  

One person shared about the symbol of a garden and the image of spring. Another shared the symbol of a candle, of light shining in the darkness. There are so many beautiful symbolisms in the gospels. For our family, a sunset symbolizes our love for each other so that no matter where we are, if any of us glimpse a sunset we say, “I love you forever.”  

Shann and I selected sun shining on water to be the symbolic reminder of our love for each other. Every time we see this, we say, “God is our fortress.” 

For the last few days, I have lit a candle to pray for my dear friend about ready to have a baby. She is the one who lost a child and had difficulty conceiving again– the one I sobbed for in the closet, all the while not knowing she was already pregnant.  

She is due any day now, and I love to pray Psalm 34 for her, imagining the angel of the Lord surrounding her as she is ready to give birth. 

I love to look for symbols that remind me to pray for those I love. They slow me down and help me refocus my attention. They bring me back to essentials. 

What symbol do you need in your life?

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5: 14-16