28 Dec Hanukkah Reflections from our Intern…
We’ve made it to the end of 2016! Woohoo!
Today, I want to talk about what the holiday of Hanukkah means for me and then do a short reflection on this past year and my internship with Jews for Jesus.
Hanukkah has always been a fun time at my house. My grandparents would fly into Toronto and we would have a lovely meal every night of Hanukkah after lighting the menorah. As young kids, my siblings and I would get small presents each night and then on the last night we would get one big present that all three of us could share. I remember the year we got a Wii – we still use it to this day (Just Dance is the best game ever and you get a workout in. Score)! I always loved having my family come in from out of town to celebrate the holiday.
The Jews for Jesus Hanukkah parties are always something I look forward to. They are a great time of fun, fellowship, eating, and celebrating! The kids program which I help out with is a lot of fun. We have dance parties to Hanukkah songs, make Hanukkah crafts, and play lots of games.
Hanukkah comes at a time when the weather is cold enough for you to snuggle under the blankets, eat warm latkes, and sit inside around the fire and play dreidel. As a kid, I loved listening to Hanukkah music. It always manages to get stuck in my head this time of year on top of all the Christmas music that plays on the radio. The songs are so upbeat and fun because this holiday is a celebration of the Jewish people’s victory and the miracle!
Hanukkah reminds me that we have a good heavenly Father who watches over us. He preserved the Jewish people and he continues to preserve us today. He is for us, not against us. He has a great plan for the world, for you and for me. I’m so thankful that part of his great plan was to send Jesus, the light of the world, to save us from the penalty of sin. Jesus’ light will never fade, it does not last for just eight days.
I have seen God’s protection and preservation of me over this year. It was a crazy year with lots of change. I finished high school, was in the U.S.A for the summer with Jews for Jesus, started university, started a new job, and started this internship! I’m so thankful for the people around me who have supported me this past year. This internship has already taught me so much about working for the Lord and taking time to be still and reflect. 2016, you’re going to be a hard year to beat.
Chag Sameach, everyone! Check out our YouTube channel to see our video about Hanukkah.
See you in 2017,