Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Quiet Hanukkah Lights with Hope

This year has been a quiet Hanukah and I suspect it will be a quiet Christmas in general.  Between moving in a few weeks, finishing my masters, applications, work, etc we all have just been taking it easy.  (Chris actually was the adamant one though that next year we go all out again).  So this year we have our one menorah out and I we are doing a small lesson each night.  More importantly though I'm trying to make sure the kids start seeing the miracles around them.


I've noticed lately we have grumpy children and I think it is because they have grumpy overworked parents.  Either way Callum is always talking how everyday is a horrible day and Harm ain't a lot better.  So this year as a gentleman named Thomas Motson once said in life you should foster an attitude of gratitude and that is what I'm trying to help our kids foster.  Since Hanukah is all about recognizing all of God's miracles and believing in his power that is the biggest lesson I want my kids to learn.  I wish I could get it through their heads how truly blessed as a family we are and how much God has given us.  I know in time though, if I continue in faith to teach them, they will one day get it.

Another random thing I did was stumble upon Auschwitz, The Final Solution on a channel that is next to my Discovery ID that I never noticed.  It was a three part series on what happened at Auscwitz-Birkenau camp and it really hit me.  I see in this day and age all this hate everywhere.  I see our politicians talking about racial profiling Muslims and not allowing them to enter our country peacefully.  Of course I follow the conflict in Israel daily.  Mass shootings, terrorism, ISIS, etc. and the Devil really has power here on this earth.  Yet watching this special reminded me of all of the survivors I've either met or worked with and their resilience to move forward in this world and have joyful lives.

God really does work miracles and there can be real peace in faith.  May this holiday (no matter what you choose to celebrate) bring you peace and light.  May you find miracles in your day to day lives and be happy.  Happy Hanukkah!!!

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Quiet Hanukkah Lights with Hope

This year has been a quiet Hanukah and I suspect it will be a quiet Christmas in general.  Between moving in a few weeks, finishing my masters, applications, work, etc we all have just been taking it easy.  (Chris actually was the adamant one though that next year we go all out again).  So this year we have our one menorah out and I we are doing a small lesson each night.  More importantly though I'm trying to make sure the kids start seeing the miracles around them.


I've noticed lately we have grumpy children and I think it is because they have grumpy overworked parents.  Either way Callum is always talking how everyday is a horrible day and Harm ain't a lot better.  So this year as a gentleman named Thomas Motson once said in life you should foster an attitude of gratitude and that is what I'm trying to help our kids foster.  Since Hanukah is all about recognizing all of God's miracles and believing in his power that is the biggest lesson I want my kids to learn.  I wish I could get it through their heads how truly blessed as a family we are and how much God has given us.  I know in time though, if I continue in faith to teach them, they will one day get it.

Another random thing I did was stumble upon Auschwitz, The Final Solution on a channel that is next to my Discovery ID that I never noticed.  It was a three part series on what happened at Auscwitz-Birkenau camp and it really hit me.  I see in this day and age all this hate everywhere.  I see our politicians talking about racial profiling Muslims and not allowing them to enter our country peacefully.  Of course I follow the conflict in Israel daily.  Mass shootings, terrorism, ISIS, etc. and the Devil really has power here on this earth.  Yet watching this special reminded me of all of the survivors I've either met or worked with and their resilience to move forward in this world and have joyful lives.

God really does work miracles and there can be real peace in faith.  May this holiday (no matter what you choose to celebrate) bring you peace and light.  May you find miracles in your day to day lives and be happy.  Happy Hanukkah!!!

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