Friday, December 11, 2009

festival of lights


I promised to post some pictures of the paper snowflakes Benjamin and I made yesterday! We strung on them on some yarn and hung them up in the dining room. Looking at them all day long makes me happy!


For those of you that know me well, you know that our family celebrates the Jewish feasts (holidays) as believers. There is so many wonderfully rich and powerful symbols of the Lord in all of the feasts, such as Passover, Hanukkah, and Yom Kippur.

We use the book "A Family Guide to the Biblical Holidays" by Robin Samson and Linda Pierce as a guide to help us celebrate these amazing holidays as Christians. It is a wonderful book! I highly recommend it. Here's a link to see more about it.

Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah! Clint is working tonight, so it was just me and the kiddos. We had a sweet time lighting the first candle together. We talked about the miracle that the celebration of Hanukkah serves to remind us of - the miracle where God gave the Maccabees enough oil to light their candlesticks for eight days while they were cleansing out the temple that had been defiled.
(Here's more explanation of the history if you're interested:)

"Now the Maccabees returned to Jerusalem to liberate it. They entered the Temple and cleared it of the idols placed there by Syrian vandals. Judah and his followers built a new altar, which he dedicated on the twenty-fifth of the month of Kislev, in the year 3622.
Since the golden Menorah had been stolen by the Syrians, the Maccabees now made one of cheaper metal. When they wanted to light it, they found only a small cruse of pure olive oil bearing the seal of the High Priest Yochanan. It was sufficient to light only for one day. By a miracle of God, it continued to burn for eight days, till new oil was made available. That miracle proved that God had again taken His people under His protection." (taken from chabad.org)

Then, we each thanked God for his provision in our lives over the last year. We had lots to thank Him for! It was so sweet to hear the words of my children and the prayers that they prayed to the Lord. I was so proud!


do you see Leo's reflection in the window? precious!

We sang some songs, played the dreidel game (ate some chocolate gold coins, or "gelt"),
and then they each opened a tiny little gift.


I am so thankful that we celebrate this holiday. (I also love the fact that Jesus Himself celebrated Hanukkah thousands of years ago!) I look forward to each night, as we sit on the floor upstairs and watch the candles flicker on the windowsill. Each night, the candles increase by one, and each night, they burn brighter and illuminate more of the house. I love this time every evening at sundown where we as a family worship the Lord, pray and give thanks for His miracle working power and provision in our lives. He has never let our oil run out! It is always abundant and flowing freely.
It is my prayer that all of you who read this will experience Jehovah Jireh, the God who PROVIDES, in a new and fresh way today. He can do a miracle in your circumstance!
Thank you, Jesus, for your LIGHT that shines!

4 comments:

  1. My husband and I were just discussing that we wanted to celebrate some of the Jewish holidays as Christians as well! Great post! And thanks for the book recommendation, we'll be checking that out!

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  2. those snowflakes look great!! sorry i haven't made you any...you are doing awesome lora!! love you much!!

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  3. I have always wanted to read more about Hanukkah. Thanks for sharing what your families does.

    We have a stack of snowflakes we cut out earlier this week. I think I'll steal (or borrow) your idea for displaying them:)

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  4. Papa and I are so excited to be celebrating Hanukkah with you all. We've been reading about it, so that we'll be able to understand our worship time. See you soon,
    Mom

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