I sat in front of my blank computer monitor trying to think of something special to say as the holidays approach, but the truth is, that I’m not much of a holiday person. I never have been.
But lo and behold, I received an email that touched me. Now, I know what you're thinking and yes, Hanukkah is almost over, but I wanted to share this anyways. Tonight, when you light your Hanukkah candles for the last time this year, if you so feel inclined please read the emial I received.
This was from the National Shomrim (jewish police org); Permit me to share with you part of an article written by Rabbi Daniel S. Brenner, entitled "Celebration" - "Light Eight Candles to Honor our Heroes."
Fire fighters, police officers and everyday citizens who gave their lives to save others.
Doctors, counselors, chaplains, volunteers with the Red Cross and Salvation Army who were called on to heal, comfort and support those individuals and families who have suffered unbearable loss.
Government and community leaders who transcended ideological differences to build national strength and unity.
Parents and teachers, who with calm and empathy, helped children cope with new fears.
Rabbis, priests, ministers, imams and other religious leaders who used their traditions to bring people together to affirm our common humanity, and to nurture life.
Men and women who have been called up to national service, who will not be with their families this year so that they may protect us all.
Allies around the world, who have been outspoken in their condemnation of terror.
All of us who, through our daily actions, have insisted that we will valiantly move on, strengthening America’s commitment to diversity and pluralism, ensuring that the religious freedoms that we have fought for will continue to be a light unto all nations.
On this Hanukkah festival O God, send thy blessings of peace to all the members of Shomrim, both near and far, and may this season of Hanukkah illuminate all of our lives with the blessings of hope, love and courage.
Chaplain Alan Edwards
HAPPY HANUKKAH EVERYONE!
See you next year!