Moses never celebrated Christmas, or even Hanukkah, but Moses did follow the fire of God, and knew the miracle of God’s light in his life. Moses experienced the flame of God’s presence in the burning bush and then led the Israelites to follow the cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night as they escaped the chains of slavery and oppression in Egypt and journeyed toward the Promised Land.
One of the customs of Jews is to light the candles of the menorah as part of Hanukkah and remembering God’s faithfulness in the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt.
Christians light candles remembering God’s faithfulness in the coming of Christ to bring the light of God’s hope, peace, love and joy into a world darkened by sin and brokenness.
Take time this season to allow the light of God’s love to light your life and, in turn, light your world. Share the light of God’s love this season.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas—Dr TJ
And to all my Jewish friends, Happy Hanukkah
Dr TJ Jenney, PhD
Dr. T. J. Jenney, Ph.D. is a seasoned pastor and leader who has served churches as well as served as a campus minister and chaplain for police and fire departments as well as the Air Force Auxiliary. Dr. Jenney also served as a faculty member at Purdue University, serving as an adjunct professor in Organizational Leadership. His experience includes serving as a president and CEO of non-profit organizations. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Higher Education Administration from Purdue and an M.Div and an S.T.M. from Yale University. He served as a contributing editor of William B. Eerdmans Bible Dictionary (1989) and Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000), as well as written articles for journals.