A CHRISTIAN MEDITATION FOR THE SECOND NIGHT OF HANUKKAH
As we go through this eight-day season of Hanukkah, I hope you are noticing all the different forms of light around you and how each different light seems to have some certain type of effect on all of those who look to see it shine.
Some lights are soft, some are bright, some are colored, some are white, some are set against a night sky, some are shinning from people’s windows or the street, and some even reside in the twinkling eyes of a child with the excitement of the season. All of the lights are different; but all are still light. Each one is unique in its own way. They all help to light the way through the darkness.
Some people are a lot like these lights.
Even some buildings are a lot like these lights.
I fondly remember looking way up into the night sky and seeing the front of a very beautiful building one night while we were visiting in South Carolina. It was fashionably designed with a tall, stately, sleek, modern, black-paneled glass facade on top of a silver background. If you walked beneath this building at night you could see the reflections of the lights of the beautiful park and river and city which lay out on the hill beneath it reflected within its walls. The various different lights of the landscape were so beautiful reflecting up into those black building panels. It was interesting to see how these pretty reflections changed and evolved as the night went on.
We delighted in looking at that building on our trip; and we even walked to the top floor on the inside and looked out over the landscape from up high to see exactly where the lights were reflecting from.
Again; it was breath-taking.
We ate dinner at a restaurant there and the view was more delightful than the wonderful food we consumed.
I wondered if it was anything like the view that God experiences when He looks down from Heaven to see His people.
The lovely building was called The Peace Center; and I marveled at the appropriateness of the name. It seems a perfect fit. Often I remember the building when I think of the wonder of light during the season of Hanukkah.
This is a time when I think we should all be noticing the light inside everything. Each year when Hanukkah comes around, the memory of that awesome building just keeps surfacing in my mind’s eye.
It reflected the light so beautifully, both from the inside and the outside; and the fact that it was called The Peace Center just seemed to be so natural and right.
Our God certainly loves peace and His peace always brings light into the darkness..
We see the greatest light and the greatest peace when we examine the life of our Lord Yeshua; Our Messiah; The Light of The World.
During this same season when we are thinking of the miracle of His coming to earth; we also are remembering the miracle of the Light that God brought forth from the restored Temple on that very first Hanukkah. That miracle of light was a silent prophecy of the Messiah. No words were needed. Everyone knew that the miracle of the light meant that a Messiah would one day come.
We light the candles on the second night to commemorate the wonders and the miracles for our forefathers in those days.
The coming of the miracle of the light gave them hope.
We think of the saving acts that God performed for them.
Throughout the eight days of Hanukkah we remember to behold the miracle of light and offer thanks to God and praise to His great Name for such miracles, their wonder and the joy of our Salvation.
We use the candles to learn the stories. They are told by so many servants of God in so many wonderful ways.
Each story is unique and each storyteller is unique.
There are many ways to ponder such things.
Everything doesn’t always have to be the same.
Have you ever considered scattering the light of your Hanukkah table all over the table with the servant candle standing the tallest in the center?
Of course you do know that the tallest, servant candle represents Christ. It is the light from this One candle that kindles the lights of all the other candles. Without the servant candle to light the way; there would be no light at all.
Not to take away from the beautiful tradition of the Menorah (which I love) but you can sometimes scatter the lights all over the table and just put the servant candle in the middle in order to make the point that many little beacons of light scattered here and there are capable of lighting up the whole world when you are looking from a distance.
It is something to ponder as you set the table to celebrate Hanukkah and you begin to think about how important the light of Christ is to all of us; whether near or far or scattered.
After scattering the light on one night; then it is fun to spend the next night with the menorah intact. Doing this is how we begin to notice with great significance how beautifully and perfectly God brings all of those who have been scattered into one body forming unity and peace on the earth.
Only God could do such a thing.
God unites; Satan divides.
We are about unity as we consider the miracle of light at Hanukkah.
Let us all be united during this beautiful season through the blood of Christ that makes us all brothers and sisters and children of God.
This candle lighting time makes me remember some well-known words from Nelson Mandela:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness,, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves: “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?”
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
You’re playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.”
On the same note of bringing light into the darkness; I think about these other famous words from Dr. Martin Luther King:
“When people are placed in darkness,
Crimes will be committed.
The guilty are not just those who commit the crimes,
But those who cause the darkness.”
Let us work to end the darkness by becoming light-bearers.
It is time for us all to stand up and become the bearers of the light of Christ.
Let us go about our day today shinning like the lights of the candles on the Menorah.
Let us be a beacon of Christ The King to those living within the walls of a dark world.
Let our lives reflect the Messiah that the miracle of the oil on that first Hanukkah prophesied to us.
Let the light of Christ shine out from us and serve as another great miracle.
Let us go out and change the world from the inside out.
Because we are light-bearers.
Note to the reader: If you wish to read the first night’s meditations; you may find them here: https://theinseasonlifestyle.com/christian-hanukkah/