A warm hearth is one of the most ancient symbols of home, family, belonging.
I took this photo yesterday after my adult son said, look!
The fire looks as if it has escaped its bounds and is consuming the logs piled up beside the stove.
Look! Isn’t that the first expression of command possessed by a human being? The small child orders the adults around him or her to see through his or her eyes. Maybe because “look” might easily be “look out!”
A fire provides a good focus for shared reflection at any age.
Family introduces us to safe boundaries. Through careful reflection it also alerts us to the danger of boundaries crossed, ignored, or abused.