Flames so hot
Wax melting down
As I wave three times over the candles
I put my hands over my eyes and say

Baruch atah Hashem, elokeinu melech haolam, asher kidishanu bemitzvotav vetzivanu lehadlik ner shel Shabbat kodesh.”

I think of all the things that I need
And my faith in Hashem
I think of my family and friends,
And how life would be
If I never lit Shabbos candles
And if I didn’t have the key

I think of this every Friday night
As I uncover my hands
And look at the Shabbos candles burn so bright.

—  Devorah Bracha Kessler, Age 12
Beis Rebbe School
California, USA