Saturday, December 12, 2009


Not only are we in the midst of Advent, with our own candles on the wreath, it is also the beginning of Chanukah, the Jewish festival of lights--the special menorah has eight candles lit during these dark nights to celebrate re-dedication: of the Temple, after the Maccabean defeat of Antiochus IV, and of our hearts now.

We all need re-dedication, day by day. It is the purpose of the Jewish High Holy Days; it is the purpose of Christian Lent; it is the purpose of Muslim Ramadan, to be special seasons reminding us of a daily need.

The Christophers have as their motto a Chinese proverb, "Better to light one candle than to curse the darkness." To light one candle (on an Advent wreath or a menorah) is to celebrate the victory of peace and love over violence and hate. So in the spirit of love and peace and re-dedication, enjoy the following...

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