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Countdown To Chanukah – The Extraordinary Ordinary


“I love that God hears my voice, my supplications (Psalm 116:1).” 

“How can I respond to God for all His empowering benefits toward me (Verse 12)?”

John P. Weiss, introduced me to the thought of Jean Vanier’s “From Brokenness To Community”. 

Two of this philosopher/theologian’s teachings have made their way into my Chanukah Hallel; both in the verses above:

“We all know well that we can do things for others and in the process crush them, making them feel that they are incapable of doing things by themselves. To love someone is to reveal to them their capacities for life, the light that is shining in them.” 

Is this not the essence of singing, “How can I respond to God for all His empowering benefits toward me,” on Chanukah, when God demonstrates His Infinite love for us, empowering us by revealing the light, the potential shining in us? 

It is for this I sing, “I love that God hears my voice, my supplications.”

“We are not called by God to do extraordinary things, but to do ordinary things with extraordinary love,” taught Vanier.

The ordinary act of lighting a Menorah can be done with extraordinary love.

The very ordinary singing of Hallel can be made extraordinary if sung with extraordinary love: “I love that God hears my voice, my supplications (Psalm 116:1).”

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