This year Hanukkah begins the evening of November 27 and ends the evening of December 5. Also called Chanukkah or the Festival of Lights, it is a Jewish holiday which not only celebrates a extraordinary victory of a small group of brave and vastly outnumbered Jews over the mighty Syrian-Greek army, but it also commemorates a miracle that took place in the Temple after the battle. When the Jews took back possession of the Temple from their foes in the 2nd century B.C., they wanted to light the candelabrum that was supposed to burn continually in the Temple. However, there was only enough properly consecrated oil to burn for one day. They lit the candles anyway, and that one day supply of oil miraculously burned for eight days until more oil could be prepared.
A fascinating fact about Hanukkah 2013 is that it begins the evening of our Thanksgiving Day which is November 27 this year. This hasn’t happened since 1888, and some say it won’t happen again until the year 79,811!
You can find more information about the history and celebration of this special Jewish holiday at the very informative website www.chabad.org.
For some beautiful and useful Hanukkah printables from The Toymaker, click here.
Today is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. All over the world people are praying for Christians who are suffering for their faith in Jesus Christ. In honor of this day, I am re-posting this which was originally posted on September 21, 2012. Won’t you pray with us?
Did you know that 70% of the world’s population lives in countries with heavy restrictions on religion? Did you know that more than one hundred million Christians worldwide are currently suffering interrogations, arrest, and even death for their faith in Jesus Christ? All of this happens on a daily basis around the world while Christians in the West enjoy relative peace, security, and freedom.
First Corinthians Chapter 12 compares the church, the body of Christ, to a physical body with each member having a different function. Verse 26 says that if one member suffers, then all the members suffer with it. Open Doors is a ministry dedicated to serving persecuted Christians worldwide and they would like to invite you to share the wonderful privilege of standing in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who share our faith but not our freedom.
Please visit onewiththem.com and order a barbwire wristband today. Then be prepared to share with others who ask why you are wearing barbwire.
On behalf of suffering saints all over the world, THANK YOU.