'Be the bee': The beehive as a metaphor for life in Christian community
Martin Marklin examines one of his 150 beehives near his liturgical candlemaking business in Contoocook, New Hampshire. Photo courtesy of Casey Atkins
When liturgical candle maker Martin Marklin became curious about the creatures making the wax he used in his business, he found his life and work transformed. In this 5-minute video, Marklin explains what bees can teach us about living as Christians.
The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others.
-- St. John Chrysostom
Martin Marklin took up beekeeping as a sideline to his main business producing thousands of handcarved liturgical candles each year at the Marklin Candle workshop in Contoocook, New Hampshire. Beekeeping became its own vocation, however, and the more Marklin learned about the life of bees, the more he saw the ways in which the beehive reflects the early church.