Lighting the Pleasure Candle – Hope and Happiness

The Pleasure Candle

Judy and I had been blessed this 12 months to be requested to gentle the Pleasure Candle throughout the third week of Introduction.
Beforehand we had lit the Hope Candle and the Love Candle.  It appears annually, our pastor has chosen the candle that I wanted to gentle for that 12 months.

The Pleasure Candle was best, as a result of just a bit over three months earlier, over Labor Day weekend, my spouse drove me to the ER with excruciating ache.  Just a few folks can declare their first episode of kidney stones was a blessing.  However this time, it really was.  Due to the CT Scan they took for the stones, they found a malignant stable mass on my left kidney.

Certain, my first thought was “God, how may you do that to me.  I’ve by no means smoked a cigarette in my life, and there are 80 12 months outdated males working round smoking two packs a day.”  However then I spotted, for 15 years I’ve preached in my blogs, speeches and books that nobody controls our happiness, our pleasure, apart from ourselves.  Nobody may give it to us.  Nobody can take it away from us.  So my solely prayer was that God would assist me maintain the identical pleasure in my coronary heart that I’ve had for the final 15 years.

Two months later, on November 4, I had a partial nephrectomy of my left kidney.  A month later, each kidneys are working effective, and pathology checks confirmed no remaining most cancers.  My spouse, a retired Urology nurse, advised me if it had not been for this early detection, it might have been a number of years earlier than the most cancers would have been found, and the prognosis wouldn’t have been as promising.  And God really answered my prayer.  Since Labor Day weekend, I loved essentially the most superior Pleasure I’ve ever constantly skilled.

What’s Pleasure?

In my e-book Climbing Mt. Happiness:  The Haynes Hierarchy of Hope and Happiness I present totally different ranges of Happiness.  The bottom stage is Hope.  The best stage, the extent every one among us ought to try for, is JOY.

One main dictionary defines Pleasure as “the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or luck, or by the prospect of possessing what one needs.”   Effectively, I’m sorry however I take exception to that definition.  Pleasure can’t be purchased.  It will possibly’t be obtained by turning into profitable on the expense of working 70 hours per week and spending no time with your loved ones.  It’s only reached by constructing layer upon layer of happiness, till an individual is about to burst open with this pleasure.

Pleasure is wanting upon, or holding, your baby for the primary time.  It’s wanting into the eyes of the particular person you like, and realizing doubtless you need to spend the remainder of your life with them, as you say “I Do.”   It’s standing on the seaside, simply because the solar peeks over the seascape, and also you notice how nice it’s to be alive.

I consider Pleasure as an abundance of happiness.  By abundance I don’t imply making extra money than everybody else, having a greater automotive than your neighbor, or having extra toys than what to do with.  The abundance I’m talking of is the abundance of the issues that allow you to make the lifetime of throughout you higher.  It’s having the a big amount of the issues that cash can’t purchase, equivalent to well being, love and help of your loved ones and buddies, and an infinite religion that assures you that you just’ll by no means have a burden you possibly can’t bear with the assistance of God.

So at the moment, Judy and I lit the Candle of Pleasure.  After the service, I blew out the altar candles, the Hope Candle, The Love Candle, and the Pleasure Candle.  My prayer for you is that God will gentle your Pleasure Candle inside your coronary heart, and it’ll burn eternally.  Its flame will probably be so magnificent, that it’ll gentle the Pleasure Candle of everybody you are available in contact with.


I’m within the technique of writing an accounting of the time following the invention of my most cancers, till the surgical procedure and restoration.  It’s known as Happiness is….Surviving Most cancers:  My 73-Day Pilgrimage from Discovery to Restoration.  It’s a journal of all of the issues I did throughout these days to maintain pleasure in my coronary heart.  Should you, or anybody , are going through the challenges of most cancers, I feel it might be a blessing to you. It consists of images and brief movies.   Should you’d wish to obtain a free obtain of this, simply electronic mail me at and within the topic line, put your identify and “surviving most cancers”



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