Advent 2017, Chanukah 5778: Love

As we draw closer to the end of the year, and, in turn, the Florida Keys trip, I find myself experiencing Advent in a way I never have before.  Growing up, Advent was always a season to slow down and refocus for me, to center around the longing for Christ’s return.  But Advent is a time also of preparation, and – I don’t know about you, but this certainly is true for me – preparation is anything about a time to slow down.  This year is careening to an end with so many things that need to happen that sometimes I think I’m going to rip every last hair out of my head.

But in the midst of all of it, there is love.

YOAM is a labor of love, and the love that has poured in behind the scenes this week has been astounding.  From the Boy Scouts that offered to house and feed our team while we’re in the Keys to the relentless volunteers who have come together to take things off my plate and help the organization run more smoothly – This week has been love.

This week, our Jewish brothers and sisters began their celebration of Chanukah, which, according to Latin Times, is “to celebrate the triumph of light over darkness, spirituality over materiality, and of purity over adulteration. Mostly and according to Judaism, it celebrates the fact that God can make miracles for those who stand up for truth and justice.”

I find nothing more fitting for this week than to take some time to meditate on the love and miracles that have occurred in this week, and, more truly, throughout the life of YOAM.  We have seem many changes and trials in this world, but through it all we have and will continue to chase after truth and justice as our faith has taught us to do.  So as we pray this week, we here at YOAM will be echoing one of the Jewish blessings said at Chanukah:

Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, Who has kept us in life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this season.

Hope and Love,



Have you felt an outpouring of love in your life?   We’d enjoy nothing more than to share in it with you.  Leave us a comment below or drop us a line by clicking here.

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