Miracles are All Around Us as Evidence of God’s Love
One facet of Judaism is the belief in miracles. For example, Hanukkah, also called the Festival of Lights was created during the second century B.C.E. to commemorate a miracle. After the people of Israel defeated the Syrian-Greeks in the Maccabean Revolt and reclaimed the Holy Land, spiritual leaders went to the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.
Upon entering the temple, they found only one cruse of olive oil (enough for one day) left uncontaminated and used it to light the menorah. Instead of only lasting one day the oil miraculously lasted for eight days. Hanukkah symbolizes the miracle by lighting one candle in the menorah each night for eight nights.
What is a Miracle?
Ancient Jewish writings describe miracles as fact. Remember that before science existed no one considered any explanation other than divine intervention. An unusual occurrence that was beyond understanding demonstrated that God is reaching into the physical world. Modern Science would call this a supernatural event because it suspends natural laws.
Others would argue that the existence of an ordered universe (God’s creation) is the greatest miracles. If you believe in the power of God, you must accept that miracles happen: however, they may not always be in the form you expect. Many miracles go unrecognized, but that doesn’t lessen their impact on the lives they touch.
The Miracle of Giving
The whole point of faith is trusting that God does intervene. Perhaps the best you can do is follow God’s example and strive to create little miracles in His name. Share kindness by becoming involved with charitable contributions. Without fanfare, and not for personal glory, but because help is needed and because it is right, and it honors God.
You should use the holidays to share with others. Spread God’s love and inspire people around you to do the same. Get involved in the Jewish community in your area by helping with charitable contributions. Get busy and create a miracle.
The mission of Maot Chitim is not only to provide food for those less fortunate than ourselves, during Hanukkah and all year long. Whether it packing boxes, making deliveries, or donating dollars so there is food to provide, we provide many opportunities to give of oneself. Please contact us or visit our website for more information on how to be part of someone’s holiday miracle.