|Hanukkah Day Eight - 2011|
The last day of Hanukkah came with even more snow and we watch the growing piles and snowdrifts with a bit of fear and trepidation. Today we planned to have company for dinner and that required us to go forth from our cozy little "Nest" and drive to the supermarket. Not such a big deal on an ordinary day as we live little more than a couple of miles away, but with icy roads to navigate the task becomes a little more than ordinary.
There are two routes from our place to the main road. Both of them require us to make it up an incline to the stop sign before turning onto the highway. If we're forced to stop short because of traffic ahead of us, the question stands as to whether we'll be able to get going again. If we use our momentum coming up the hill to get us to the stop sign, the equally important question at the top is whether or not we'll be able to stop AT the stop sign. Both concerns weigh almost equally on us no matter which route we chose to take so going anywhere in this snow is no small matter for us.
To make matters even more interesting, just getting the truck out of it's parking space can be a little bit daunting depending on where and how the snow has drifted. We have a narrow run between our rig and a large fence to navigate. There's no room for fast moves or any kind of "craziness". There's also almost no more room for snow as we try to find places to shovel it aside. However, in the end, we did manage to get to the store and back without incident and dinner was on as planned.
One of our friends brought Challah bread that he had baked himself especially for this occasion and our other friends brought pumpkin pie and whipped cream. We shared a nice angel hair spaghetti dinner and the story of Hanukkah and then enjoyed watching the candles burn down on the last day of our holiday with our new friends.
One of the things that has intrigued me the most about our Torah life and celebrations of the feasts and festivals given to us by YHVH Elohim has been the importance of food to fellowship. Sharing meals with friends and family is so much a part of the human experience and it's easy to forget that this is the way that our FATHER has seen fit for us to share fellowship with HIM also. If you do a word study on the Scriptures just on the words, "bread and wine", you come away with a very different picture of HIS idea of "table fellowship". Bread always tastes so much better when it's shared with others, don't you think?