Oil is a Miracle; Make it Last
The mythology of Hannukah, the Festival of Lights, involves a story about oil. The Maccabees go to relight the Menorah after retaking the Temple, and they discover that there is only enough pure oil to last one day. They light it anyway, and a great miracle occurs: the oil lasts eight days! I've been doing some work to tie the story into our present reality and thought I'd share:
At the end of Josephus' telling of the Hannukah story, he says,
"From that time to this we celebrate this festival [of Hannukah], and call it [the festival of] Lights. I suppose the reason was, because this liberty beyond our hopes appeared to us."
I love that phrase "liberty beyond our hopes," and I've been thinking about what that means in a 21st-century context.
What does it mean to you?