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                                           "To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle, Every cubic inch of space is a miracle.” – Walt Whitman

                                          “The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord ....” – Proverbs 20:27

           
                               “The miracle, of course, was not that the oil for the sacred light - in a little cruse - lasted as long as they say; but that the courage of the Maccabees lasted to this day: let that nourish my flickering spirit.” – Charles Reznikoff

     
"Light" and the significance that it plays in the upcoming Hanukkah and Christmas celebrations and observances, impels me to want to understand more of what is behind these events than what I have learned from traditional celebrations.  Dr. Holmes writes in the Science of Mind, "In flashes of illumination, the inspired have seen into the very Center of Reality, and have brought back with them a distinct impression of what they have seen and felt."  And most of us have felt this "flash of Light, or Intelligence" at times in our lives.  Perhaps we felt it when we finally became aware of an answer we had been seeking, or realized the value of an idea that rose to our conscious awareness.  "Light" signifies Intelligence, the aspect of G-d that moves through our mind as thought, as ideas, and as inspiration.  "Light" is attributed as being the Divine Creative Energy that called all living things into being," according to Dr. Holmes ... "Let there be light and there was light."  In other words, Intelligence living in and through the physical life of everyone and all living things.

     This "Light" or Intelligence is the Thing Itself, moving through our hearts and minds, impelling us to hope, to expect, and to accept a good result to all that we do.  This is why Charles Reznikoff tells us that it was the "courage of the Maccabees" that was the true miracle we should celebrate and acknowledge during Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights.  In this awareness, we understand that G-d cannot act alone, G-d must act through us, in order to act for us.  G-d requires our courage, our faith, and our persistence, in order to unfold the "seeming miracles" that we experience or that others have experienced.  "All things are possible with G-d," is true, as long as we cooperate with the Law of G-d and do our part.  And it is this doing our part that is so important as we enter into this observance of Hanukkah.


    
The courage of the Maccabees was sustained by faith and the inspiration of knowing that there was Something Greater working for them ... Something far more powerful than those who opposed them.  They chose to keep the faith and to let the inspiration from G-d lift them to a greater consciousness of security and protection.  Rather than give in to fear, hopelessness and despair, they chose G-d.  And we can make this same choice when faced with seemingly desperate circumstances.

     Dr. Frank Richelieu writes:  "No matter what you have let govern your life up to now, you can transcend it by deciding what shall govern your life from this moment on.  Everything which has been uncomfortable and has governed your life up to now suddenly becomes secondary when you begin to operate from the one self-governing Power, the one Intelligence, the one Law and the one Principle.  When you make primary in your consciousness that which has, in truth, been primary all the time, then you are being governed by First Cause."

     That which within us is greater than that which is in the world, but so often we fail to make the choices that activates this changeless truth.  We can read in Proverbs that "the spirit of man is the candle of the Lord," and for many of us it has been difficult, at best, to identify personally with this statement.  Yet, it is the truth for each of us and we activate this candle or light with our faith.  The candles burned for eight days for the Maccabees and this is only one of a multitude of miracles that can be attributed to faith.  When Paul stated that "faith is the substance of things hoped for," he was explaining this seeming miracle and more like them.  Even in modern times there have been documented instances when faith increased the substance of something material.  Those who don't believe in miracles probably won't be convinced of this, but it is true nonetheless.


     Hanukkah, also spelled Chanukah, reminds people of the illuminating light that comes from their faith in G-d.  Although Hanukkah remains predominantly observed by those of the Jewish faith, we can all benefit from this great story of faith.  It is very inspiring and uplifting to realize that Hanukkah represents the changeless Truth of G-d's Love for each and every one of us.  It is a wonderful blessing to be assured that no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in, G-d is right there, right where we are.  The miracle of the oil lasting eight days is evidence that with G-d all things are possible ... and we too will experience miracles in our own lives as we trust that this Mystic Light is within all of us ... and that means you and me.


AND SO IT IS!

Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates

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