As I was thinking about the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Wesley United Methodist Church this evening at 5pm I remembered that it is also Hanukkah for my Jewish son in law Jeremy Parzen. So that means that it will also be Christmas Eve and Hanukkah for my grand daughters Georgia Ann and Lila Jane. They will get to celebrate both of these holidays that are so important to our faith traditions. Again as I was thinking about Christmas Eve and our candlelight service, I remembered that there will be candle lighting going on for Hanukkah also. Both of these celebrations are about miracles given to us by a God that loves us enough to share His love with us in miraculous ways.
The Jewish tradition celebrates the miracle of oil for a Menorah lasting for eight days when there was only enough for one day. The miracle we of the Judeo-Christian faith celebrate is the birth of the Christ Child into this world. We light a Christ Candle on this evening to represent a light shining out into a world and providing an everlasting light for the world. Both are traditions that use light to symbolize the faith that God is with us, has always been with us and always will be with us. Both traditions have much more to them than what I have shared here so do a little research (Google it) and learn for yourself.
I want to wish each and every one blessings from the God that sent His only Son so that whoever believes in Him will have everlasting life. Amen!