Last night of Chanukkah

Doing a small Chanukkah observance turned out to be more meaningful than I expected. Each night we lit another candle, read one of the Hallel Psalms (113-118), and prayed together. We did not attempt to follow the strict observance of the Jewish Chanukkah (no offense meant to our Jewish brethren, but we’re not Jewish, and we live under grace, not under the law) but it was spiritually edifying to feel a little kinship with the Israelites, and to pay homage to the Jewish roots of our faith. I hope to have a real menorah next year!

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