The theme of the second Sunday of Advent is dedicated to love. Love permeates every aspect of the Christmas story:
Again I am reminded that us celebrating Hanukkah and Advent go hand in hand, advent preparing us for Christmas and Hanukkah being the actual time Jesus "the light of the world" was conceived. He came because God loves us, Advent today is focused on that love. At Christmas time, goodwill toward men, love, joy and peace are talked about and practised. People make the extra effort to love others. The challenge is to continue feeling and showing that love when Christmas is over so that it fills the entire year. After relighting the previous week’s candle, we then light a second purple candle representative of Love! It is not just a nice warm tingly emotion it is a commandment - Jesus ordered us to "Love one another" all year round. Maybe tonight with lighting the advent candle to Love, and the Hanukkah candles of dedication, we can re-dedicate ourselves to making more of an effort to "love one another" in our families and the body of Christ, then let that trickle down to even loving those unsaved, grumpy and suffering souls.
Hanukkah – The Jewish Festival of Lights.
This is the 8th and last Night of Hanukkah the Jewish Festival of Lights. Recite the two Blessings and light all nine candles tonight. I want to share a word from author Yanki Tauber based on the teachings of the Rebbe (a famous Jewish Rabbi).
Tonight when you light the candles give thanks and praise to God for all his miracles.