~ Our Festival Of Lights ~
Our Festival of lights, of eight abundant nights
Of rededication, mitzvah peace,
As we light the Shabbat candle first
For miracles to never cease.
Shamash, the servant candle lasting
Til the eighth candelabrum's glow,
Within our window daily lit
So all will see our faith and know.
Day one, sundown, bring forth Shamash light
Light the commands our Father gave,
The God of Universe sanctified
We are alive for Him this day.
Day two, nightfall, now we seek His glory
Shekaniah of old for us,
The God of our fathers preserve
This season, Thee we trust.
Day three, we give thanks for our bread
And all our daily needs are met,
Grant to us a grateful heart
For all our God has sent.
Day four, may peace protect our borders
This miracle publicized for all to know,
Peace without our garden gates
And peace within our homes.
Day five, Mother Hannah's loyalty remain,
To worship God we dare,
May every family bond be strengthened
By the love we have to share.
Day six, may hands of courage reach
To help the ones God sends,
That need protection, shelter,
Oh Hashem, please support our friends.
Day seven, may all our tomorrows bring
The best from Hashem's most loving heart,
We celebrate this day, His might
To bless us on life's path.
Day eight, Oh, the oil of Shamesh light
The full Hanukkah lamp,
We praise The King of the universe
For life from His own hand.
Glow with light,
Speak of the God we know and love
Oh, Hanukkah lampstand
Soft Whispers from
Derry's Heart Poems © August 2011
Poetry From The Heart
You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning;
my God turns my darkness into light.