Friday, December 14, 2012

candles lit

each night we light our candles...we light them for the joy they bring in to our homes - to see our children marvel at the miracle that is the light...Channukah is not about presents and not entirely about the oil or burning for eight days. the true meaning of Channukah has its roots in a time when the Maccabees stood up for themselves and their people and fought back. they took it upon themselves to uphold their rights, their beliefs and the lives of them and those they loved.

tonight, with the boys in bed and mommy having a mommy's night out, i sat at our kitchen table and lit our candles - each candle in honor and remembrance of all those whose lives have ended prematurely...not only those we lost today in the tragic shooting in Connecticut - but all those who are gone. 

tonight, i light for them

Light one candle for the strength that we need
To never become our own foe;
Light one candle for those who are suffering
A pain they learned so long ago;
Light one candle for all we believe in,
That anger not tear us apart;
And light one candle to bring us together
With peace as the song in our heart!
- light one candle
as a child this was my favorite Channukah song. honestly i think it still is. i don't think it was originally meant as a channukah song but i may be wrong. no child should know the fear that those surviving this horrible day now know.

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