When you light three candles
and you place them in a row
you can see that the flames are all equal
in the intensity of their glow.
Watch the flames as they dance
to some hidden desire
you stare in fascination as in your mind
you see clever images in the fire.
Each flame is different
their dances are unique
even if you try you can't imagine
the dancers using the same technique.
Now tip the candles together
the flames now burn as one
they are still three separate dancers
a new dance has begun.
A/N: These flames represent the Trinity. One represents the Father, one represents the Son, the other represents the Holy Spirit.
Continue to watch the flames dance
occasionally you'll see a spark
watch as that spark temporarily glows
as a tiny light in the dark.
Watch the spark as it gently falls
pretend it's seeking something to burn
give it some fuel and watch as it grows
it will give you a new dance to learn.
It will not last as long as the candles
it's dance is short, but sweet
quickly lift it up to the candles before it dies
now it can dance forever, what a treat!
A/N The sparks represent the Holy Spirit burning in the hearts of the Fathers saved children in the Old Testament.
Now pull one candle away
the flames seem to wave farewell
two flames now dance together
the third alone will dwell.
Now take many smaller candles
place them around the one with a flame
imagine the tiny candles moving away from the sparks
dodging them like it's some kind of game.
Light a few of the tiny candles
then quickly blow most of them out
see the smoke rise around the tall candle
taunting it with the tiny candles doubt.
Take the large candle
reunite it with the other two
extinguish a few more of the tiny flames
now only a small group burns true.
Place the candle with the little ones again
allow almost all to take light
the larger flame seems to dance with joy
knowing it has won the fight.
A/N The big candle is representing the Son. The tiny candles are representing His followers. In the New Testament.
Return the large candle to it's friends
they are now one again
their work for now is complete
they have shown to all that death is slain.
Imagine the tiny candles
showing their light to all
imagine that light being passed to others
spreading even though many candles fall.
When a candle falls
picture in your minds eye
its tiny little flame
joining the three, knowing it will never die.
A/N The tiny candles with flames represent Christians.
Picture unlit candles seeing the light
and turning away
imagine the bigger candles sorrow
at seeing the lightless be led astray.
These poor candles will not be saved
they have chosen to live in sin
they could have had eternal life
but instead they have let death win.
A/N The lightless candles represent the unsaved.
A/N Hi! Thank you for taking the time to read this! I wanted to explain why I chose fire to represent God as fire usually stands for Hell. Fire keep us warm, but it can also burn us. It's the same way with God. He is all powerful and could easily use that power to destroy us, or to force us to believe in Him. But He doesn't. He lets us choose and He uses that power for good. This is also where the love/fear relationship comes in. He wants us to love Him, but fear His power. This is mainly why I choose fire to represent Him. Fire has the power to hurt us, to kill us, to destroy everything-like God, only on a smaller scale. However, it can also help us. It can keep us warm, dry off our clothes, cook our food, etc. It can meet many of our needs if we let it, which in a sense is what God does. If you let God, He will meet all of your needs. Um... yeah, I'll shut up now...
Oh! I almost forgot! Part of this poem (Only the beginning) was written for a friend of mine, as a present. She's obviously a Christian, she has helped me out a lot and I wrote this in part to thank her. She's a youth worker and I am hoping that this may help her describe the Trinity to others. Will you please let me know if this analogy makes sense? Thank you! ^_^