Happy Hanukkah 2017!!!
I’m sure you’ve heard this word recently used as a derogatory term for those in our world who are easily offended, who are shattered by the slightest…slight, who are weak victims with easy lives. Well, that is not what the Creator creates!
He forms beautiful things, unique things, fragile and precious things. He creates the fabric of families…beautiful, complex personalities and strengths…unique, and the glittering web of life…both fragile and precious. The culture we live in thrives on crisis, damage, suspicion and false victimhood, but we CAN choose to see past this reality and hold on to the patterns we see in a snowflake.
The order that replaces chaos.
The glitter that replaces dirt.
The light that replaces darkness.
The beauty that replaces a frozen west wind.
The Festival of Light was birthed in a culture that truly did attempt to damage and victimize an entire people group, but the people fought back! One family looked past their current situation and saw through to the Light. One leader, one family, one life changed the course of a nation! I want to be a snowflake…beautiful, unique, fragile and precious…capable of changing the world, replacing chaos, dirt, darkness and frozen wind with order, glitter, light and beauty.
Happy Hanukkah 2017!!!
One of the traditions of Hanukkah is called “gelt”! It was originally REAL money, like you don’t deal with enough money as accountants. ? In this case, the tradition has its origin from Jewish people in Poland and it was money given to small children as a gift to their teachers.
Well, this year you have been my teachers! Several of you have taught me to smile again. Some of you have taught me great strength in the face of struggle. Some of you have taught me to be braver. Ummm…ONE of you has taught me how to be WAY too loud! Some of you have taught me MATH? Some of you have taught me how to handle mistakes and learn from them. Some of you have taught me diplomacy…need that one! ? So much treasure given to me this year in the form of growth, learning, stretching and making mistakes.
So out of the little “gelt” I have, I give to you my most precious gift…one of which I am not worthy. I fail on a regular basis, succumb to sadness, and stumble over the smallest things, but I hold tightly to my Treasure, my joy, and then I give it away. You will find in this tiny package my treasure…my segulah (Hebrew for special treasure).