Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Wishing You Joy and Light

Approximately 2300 years ago the land of Judea had been conquered by the Syrian Greeks. The Temple had been given over to worship of the gods of the conquerers. Judah Maccabee and his brothers led a group that reconquered Judea. After three years they succeeded and one of their first acts was to clean the Temple and rededicate it to worship. They went to light the eternal light -- a light that is in every Jewish house of worship -- and found a small amount of oil. It looked to be only enough oil for one day, but miraculously the oil burned for eight days and 2300 years later we remember this miracle and light candles for eight nights.

Tonight is the first of the eight nights of Hanukkah. Once again I rejoice and reflect in a miracle that took place thousands of years ago. I am reminded that miracles can still take place and that there is always hope for miracles in our lives. My prayer and fervent wish this Hanukkah night is for light in the darkest night and for the miracles for which we are praying -- for energy, for hope, for faith and for healing. I am adding a prayer of Thanksgiving for the wonderful friends who come to visit here at Buttercup's. Blessings and miracles to you and your families!


^..^Corgidogmama said...

This was beautifully written! Enjoy the season my dear.

breadgirl said...

Good Morning Buttercup

I found you throuh Sr Ann Marie's blog, Franciscan Life. This post is beautiful. Thank you and God bless you.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Miracles are very much a part of this special time of year. Many blessings to you too.

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

I love this story and send best wishes to you as you celebrate Hanukkah!

Sheilagh said...

Lovely, I am lighting candles and praying for miracles. Happy Hanukkah my dear friend xx

Good to be a Queen said...

Wishing you the best of the season my friend...Happy Hanukkah!

Chatty Crone said...

Many blessings to you Buttercup and happy Hanukkah to you. love, sandie

Retta said...

"I am reminded that miracles can still take place and that there is always hope for miracles in our lives."

Very beautiful post, and I needed to be reminded of miracles. Blessings to you!
Happy Hanukkah,

Sybil said...

Sorry dearest Buttercup I havn't visited since this edition of yours. You know I allways include you in my prayers and send special love at Hanukkah to you and all your loved ones.
Love Sybil xx

Nancy M. said...

That is such an amazing story! Happy Hanukkah!

Mimi said...

Love the story!!!Miracles happen everyday!!
one of my friends wore a blue and silver sweater to our bunco night!!!