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Saturday, December 24, 2016

When Hanukkah Falls on Christmas Eve

It’s sunset, friends.  These words, spoken only on the first day of Hanukkah, probably mean more to me this year than ever:

"Praised are you Adonai our God, who rules the universe, granting us life, sustaining us, and enabling us to reach this day."

I am choked up at the implications, because there were times during the past 365 days when I wasn’t sure we would reach this day.  And yet… here we are…

And so, this reflection is short.  As the night goes on, I will stop to celebrate the birth of Jesus, and it is not lost on me... the irony of this year when Hanukkah and Christmas Eve collide.  May we have peace.  May we be here—truly present.  May we recognize the things that bring us together and the God who holds us close.


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