The Miracle of Light

Home Inspector with Complete Home Inspections, Inc. TN Lic#050

    Today is very unique as it is the first time in many years that both Christmas and the beginning of Chanukah (Hanukkah) have been on the same day. Unlike most, I have my roots both in both the Christian and Jewish faiths and, over the years, have developed a unique perspective on the meaning of the holidays having celebrated them both. Both holidays celebrate the Miracle of Light.
    Last night, after lighting the Menorah, I gazed upon the flickering glow of the candles and went into thoughtful contemplation on light and how important it is to all of us. Christians (Gentiles) celebrate and give praise and homage to “The Light” that came into the world just like any other human - a babe born from the womb of a woman. “The Light” went through the same trials, temptations and tribulations just like any other man. "The Light" ate, drank, laughed, wept and offered himself up as the atoning sacrifice for all mankind.
    Jews celebrate the Miracle of "The Light" as a small, one-day supply vile of consecrated oil
miracously burned in the Temple for 8 days. Although the accounting of this is not in "the Bible" per say -- it can be found in the Apocrypha in the books of Maccabe. Light is such a vital part of life. It gives us hope and warmth, it illuminates our path and enables to see in the darkness.
    By definition, Chanukah (Hanukkah) means dedication. IMHO, the true meaning of Chanukah (Hanukkah) and Christmas is not about the light that you can see and experience with your physical senses, it is about the light that God (Adonai) placed in our hearts. If we could all but dedicate and rekindle the light that burns there, how much better could the world be? With that being said, Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to one and all.

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Comments (27)

George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Michael Merry Christmas and happy Happy Chanukah for you and your family!

Dec 25, 2016 04:37 PM
Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Just a quick drive by to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year

Dec 25, 2016 05:00 PM
Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
NCW Home Inspections, LLC

Michael, A very Merry (and belated) Christmas and A very Happy New Year to you.

Dec 26, 2016 07:14 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Michael- so good to see you here.  Happy New Year to you!  PS I loved your perspective on it. 

Dec 31, 2016 12:02 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

                             Thank you TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc. 

Dec 31, 2016 04:35 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Glad that Kathy posted this, good thoughts and look forward toreading more of your thoughtful posts over thecoming year, may it be blessed with health, joy and strong business.

Jan 01, 2017 05:15 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Michael-Blessings, health and happiness in 2017.

Jan 01, 2017 06:50 AM
Lisa Hernandez
Opes Real Estate Group - Kendall, FL
Realtor serving Kendall, South Miami & Pinecrest

So happy Kathy posted this... thanks for sharing your light.

Jan 01, 2017 04:19 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc. (Michael),

I'm so glad Kathy Streib posted this as one of her "Ah-ha" moments for the week. I'm just back so have been off line and this is a a wonderful post..thank you for your sharing of the "Light!"

Jan 02, 2017 08:51 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes™- by eXp Realty - Vancouver, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I too am so happy Kathy included this in her Ah Ha favs this week. It is simply beautiful, Michael. And, I can imagine an amazing world if we all followed the light inside our hearts. 

Jan 02, 2017 11:18 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Michael

Thank you for this post that Kathy felt worthy of featuring, and I did too - a beautiful post! Hope you enjoyed a Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah.


Jan 02, 2017 04:22 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Michael --- I, too, am happy Kathy Streib included this in her weekly "Ah Ha Moments" post.   It's nice to "see" you here and have the opportunity to say "Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year" even if it is a bit belated.   Take care.  

Jan 03, 2017 10:46 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

The light in our hearts can be powerful. Thank you for your post.

Jan 05, 2017 12:00 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Happy holidays Michael I miss your posts 

Jan 08, 2017 06:33 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Michael,
I hope you and your family had a blessed holiday season, Michael!  

Jan 11, 2017 11:09 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Wishing you much light and love in the new year.

Jan 15, 2017 05:40 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I miss seeing you blogs. I hope all is going well for you.

Jun 22, 2017 01:13 PM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Michael, I hope your Christmas day was joyful and peaceful. Enjoyed reading this post. Have a Blessed New Year.

Dec 26, 2017 08:42 AM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Michael Thornton 
Loved this phrase -

the light that God (Adonai) placed in our hearts
All the best to you and Happy Healthy New Year - Your Atlanta AR friend - Lynn

Jan 05, 2018 09:13 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Michael and it's been a while, I will continue to follow you at AR

I wrote a new post about reaching out to ActiveRain members that are following me at the AR network, your name showed up #45 on my list.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend  2018 ...

May 27, 2018 09:53 AM