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Lighting a Lamp for the Festival of Lights

Why was I born to see these terrible things,
the ruin of my people and of the holy city?
Must I sit here helpless………

1 Maccabees 2 7

Today we celebrate Hanukkah, The Festival of Lights.  The holiday recounts the re-dedication of the Temple that was desecrated by a force of foreign invaders.  All the oil in the temple had to be thrown away save a single vessel previously sealed and sanctified by the rabbis and suitable for burning.  The oil from the jar miraculously burned for eight days.  The 25th day of Kislev was dedicated as a day to remember, the Festival of Lights.

Hanukkah and the stories recounted in the Book of the Maccabees testifies to the faithfulness of a people to endure by engaging the pressing challenges that confronted them.  The Festival of Light is an expression of gratitude for the faithfulness of  God.  We are the grateful heirs to our spiritual ancestors, the ancient people of Judah.  They remind us to light the lamps to honor the faithfulness of the  One Who Cannot Be Named.   We remain ever thankful to the One who lights the pathway and provides the means and nourishes the fortitude of faith that sustains us.


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December 11, 2009 - Posted by | holiday, religion, seasons | , , , , , ,


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  2. Great story…I’m inspired!!

    Comment by Frank DelCiampo | December 11, 2009

  3. Thank you-may the holiday bring you peace.

    Comment by Beth Millar | December 11, 2009

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