Friday, August 30, 2019

Monday, December 23, 2019 | Kislev 25, 5780 (Hanukkah / The Festival of Lights / The Feast of Dedication)

“Early in the morning on the twenty-fifth day of the ninth month, which is the month of Chislev, in the one hundred forty-eighth year, they rose and offered sacrifice, as the law directs, on the new altar of burnt offering that they had built. At the very season and on the very day that the Gentiles had profaned it, it was dedicated with songs and harps and lutes and cymbals.  All the people fell on their faces and worshiped and blessed Heaven, who had prospered them. So they celebrated the dedication of the altar for eight days, and joyfully offered burnt offerings; they offered a sacrifice of well-being and a thanksgiving offering.  They decorated the front of the temple with golden crowns and small shields; they restored the gates and the chambers for the priests, and fitted them with doors.  There was very great joy among the people, and the disgrace brought by the Gentiles was removed.”
 – 1 Maccabees 4:52-58

Father God, as we enter the season of Hannukah, I rejoice in Your victories. I rejoice that no one and nothing can defeat You. No one can thwart Your plans. You can always redeem that which seems lost, just as You redeemed me in Your Son’s ultimate victory over sin and the grave.

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