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The beginning of the Light winning!

December 17, 2018

This year, as well as attending beautiful carols by candelight services, I have had the privilege of being present at several Hanukkah candle lightings. When we’d made it past the fourth candle, the one who was lighting the hanukkiyah said, ‘This is the beginning of the light winning!’

Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights or the Feast of Dedication as it is known, is mentioned in the Gospel of John (10:22), which begins with that wonderful declaration of light and life (see In the beginning…).

Now we are well and truly in the heart of advent, the season of remembering that The Light Came Down and looking ahead to when the “night will be no more” (Revelation 22). This advent song by The Brilliance speaks (and sings) of this light and hope:

‘Arise, shine, for your light has come,
    and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For behold, darkness shall cover the earth,
    and thick darkness the peoples;
but the Lord will arise upon you,
    and his glory will be seen upon you.
And nations shall come to your light,
    and kings to the brightness of your rising.’

(Isaiah 60:1-3)

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