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Old 12-22-2019, 06:03 AM   #481 (permalink)
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Hanukkah begins this evening so I wanted to share this special reading today. Happy Hanukkah to all our Jewish friends.





Source of Creation and Life of the Universe
We gather together on Hanukkah
As Jews of conscience
with a deep spiritual bond to the lights of freedom.

We are grateful for the inner might of the Maccabees
Who fought to reclaim a Jerusalem in despair
And rekindle the lights of human freedom.

Freedom has many faces:
Freedom from war and conflict or threats of terror
Freedom to have a secure home
Freedom from hunger, poverty and despair.

Freedom is deeply personal as well:
Freedom to express one’s gender identity without fear
Freedom to express one’s racial identity without fear
Freedom to make choices about of life and deepest beliefs
Freedom to live our faith in all of its beauty
without negating anyone else’s.

Our Hanukkah menorah with its eight branches and
Kindling light
Remind us of the diversity on our Earth
Bound together with a branch of Oneness.
It is a reminder that we are interconnected as a
Global Community.

We are diverse yet equal in our world: Jewish, Christian, Moslem, Hindi,
Buddhist, Sikh, and Humanist.

At times of deep darkness instead of walking in fear
Let us kindle Godly lights
Lights within and lights beyond
And let us increase these lights each day
To light the way for All.

Rabbi Warren Stone serves Temple Emanuel.
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Old 12-22-2019, 06:13 AM   #482 (permalink)
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Ann ~ that is just incredibly beautiful. As one of your Jewish friends, thank you SO very much xxxx s

Plus I somehow lost this thread and I thank you for your message dear one. s ❤️❤️
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That is so lovely Ann, thank you.

Happy Hanukkah dearest Venuscat with much love to you. xxxx
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My grandfather used to sing this to me each Christmas. A reminder to help the needy and share the spirit.

Christmas Is Coming

Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat
Please put a penny in the old man's hat
If you haven't got a penny, a ha'penny will do
If you haven't got a ha'penny, then God bless you!


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Prayer for Christmas Joy

Release the joy in us that’s been crushed by pride, wrong priorities, or world events. Tear down the strongholds that have held us captive far too long. Extinguish the flames of apprehension that rob us of a calm, quiet spirit. Show us again the beauty of that holy night so many centuries ago.

Your name is still called “Wonderful,” “Counselor,” “The Mighty God,” “The Everlasting Father,” and “The Prince of Peace.” As Your children, we cry out for a fresh filling, and a new awareness of Who You are. We choose by faith to make the “good news of great joy” a reality in our own lives, so others can see us as lighted trees of life, pointing to You this Christmas. We know one day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that You are Lord. And we also know that peace on earth can only come when hearts find peace with You.

You are still our Joy. You are still our Peace. You are no longer a babe in the manger. You are Lord of lords and King of kings. And we still celebrate You as Lord—this Christmas and always. Amen.

~ Rebecca Barlow Jordan


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That's beautiful Ann. Jesus is my solution and my Savior. Happy Birthday.

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Thanks Bim, and Merry Christmas dear Zipperman.

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So many cute smileys!! Use 'em up, girl!
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Psstt...Zipperman hates the dancing stars, lol. I like to taunt him....it brings me "joy".
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Wishing everyone peace, good health, love and joy today and throughout the days to come.



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Sit back and relax and enjoy a few minutes of nature this morning.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lu5J6TA1wTM

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Very pretty, Ann. I especially like the open water, flowing between the snow banks.
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You are strong for getting out of bed in the morning when it feels like hell. You are brave for doing things even though they scare you or make you anxious. And you are amazing for trying and holding on no matter how hard life gets.

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