such events early on as Moses and Burning Bush a flame has been used as the
symbol of Godís presence. It is a quiet reminder in times of blessing and
learning, in times of prayer and worship, that God is present.
that children, youth and adults appreciate this simple gesture and quickly
incorporate this practice into their lives. Like other symbolic actions it is a
recognition that a space is sacred, a time is sacred, what we are about is done
in Godís presence.
Seminary students are warmly receptive to simple
practices that remind us all of our Godly context of learning.
classes taught at
(Dayton, Ohio) and in area churches, teachers
Nowak begin sessions with a time of quiet, of candle lighting, of scripture
reading, of singing, and of prayer. Often the sessions
are closed with a moment of reflection, sometimes a song and a blessing.
Students have attested to the value of enclosing the study time within this
reminder that all time and space is Godís.