Tuesday, December 4, 2007
This evening we had the wonderful privilege of celebrating the first evening of Hanukkah which is an annual festival of the Jews that is celebrated for eight days in the month of Kislev on the Jewish calendar. You can learn more about celebrating all of the Jewish holidays by finding this book: "A Family Guide to the Biblical Holidays" by Robin Scarlotta.
Earlier today, the children and I studied about the early church and the many martyrs that gave their lives for their faith in Jesus Christ. The "spice candle" on the left in our picture is lit in honor of Polycarp who was one of many Christ honoring believers in the early church. He was martyred under the rule of Hadrian, emperor of Rome in AD 155. While being bound at the stake, he prayed out loud, "Lord God, Father of our blessed Savior, I thank Thee that I have been deemed worthy to receive the crown of martyrdom, and that I may die for Thee and Thy cause."