“We light candles in testament that faith makes miracles possible.”
For as long as I can remember, Hanukkah has been one of my absolute favorite holidays. It’s not just the message behind it. It’s not just the spirit of light and warmth it infuses. It’s not just the time spent with family and friends. It’s all of those combined. It’s the idea that miracles can happen, that hard work counts. It’s the candles shining brightly, their flickering flames dancing like glowing fireflies. It’s the inspiration you get from looking at those flames and finding a spark within yourself.
The story of Hanukkah – that oil that burned for eight days, lighting the eternal flame against all odds – reminds us that miracles can happen. Hope, faith, and promise do play a role. Yes, of course the practicalities do, too. There will always be things that are beyond our control. There will always be that figurative darkness lingering somewhere. But there will also always be light. There will be the power to dream, the power to dedicate yourself to something like the courageous Macabees did to the preservation of their synagogue, the power to realize that sometimes miracles can happen if you only believe in them enough. I just came across this quote, and I think it speaks volumes:
A candle is a small thing.
But one candle can light another.
And see how its own light increases,
as a candle gives its flame to the other.
You are such a light.
~Moshe Davis and Victor Ratner
Tonight marks the third night of Hanukkah, and I’m looking forward to continuing to celebrate this special holiday. Get-togethers with family and friends, watching the candles burn in the menorah, playing dreidel – I love it all. And the message behind it? I love that most of all. No matter what holiday you celebrate, take some time to remember the true meaning of this season. Faith, hope, the light we can all share with one another … isn’t that a beautiful thing?
Happy Holidays, everyone!! What miracles and dreams are you hoping for this season?