The Hope of Hanukkah

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Light has always symbolized hope, new life. For both individuals and for nations.

During this time of the year, Hanukkah – the Festival of Lights, light symbolizes hope and also rededication.

When the children of Israel were again able to enter the temple, after it had been desecrated by King Antiochus who led the Greek/Syrian oppression, the Jews’ first priority was to cleanse and rededicate the temple.

Lighting the great menorah required consecrated and holy oil, of which there only remained enough for 1 day. 8 days were required to purify more oil. But the miracle of Hanukkah is that the oil from the first day lasted for 8, when more oil was prepared.

Hope burns bright in every flame on the menorah.

Hope sustains us as we accomplish the work that is required. As individuals, we have a deep need for the light of hope. But the world encroaches on that light. Many couples are concerned about bringing a child into the world when current events grow closer to home and more tragic. Many couples feel isolated and vulnerable.

They do not need to remain alone, though. The hope that sustains us is easy to share; it is the goal of every doula here.

The oft quoted adage that “it takes a village to raise a child,” is a good start, but there’s more to it than that. Creating a family is much like creating a nation. Think what a legacy you can give to your child if you approach parenting deliberately!

As parents, we are creating the foundation for the government of our legacy.

During the Federal Convention when delegates from the thirteen colonial US states came together to create our Constitution, George Washington sat in a high backed chair with an image of a sun on the horizon carved into the dark polished wood.

For three months, delegates agreed, disagreed, argued, pleaded, affirmed, balked and CREATED the document that is the foundation for our government. The outcome of that convention was to be the future of the nation, and many feared that the outcome would be disastrous.

Benjamin Franklin is quoted by James Madison as commenting, “I have often looked at that [sun] behind the president without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting. But now I… know that it is a rising…sun.”

As doulas, it is our purpose to help you create the foundation for your legacy, in the manner you choose. We bring tools to you, to help you build the foundation you need. Our goal is to give families the hope that happiness and joy in family life can burn as bright as the candles on the menorah.