Chag Sameach (Happy Holidays!)
This time of year is a time of reflection on the hope we have in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and the ultimate gift of love—Yeshua. The story of Hanukkah IS connected to Yeshua, and applicable to us today. The story of Hanukkah mirrors our lives as the Body of Christ—that God provides what we need so His light continues to shine!
In John 9:5, Yeshua identifies Himself with Hanukkah as the Servant who brings the Light. The center candle of the Hanukkiah (the nine-branched menorah) is referred to as the “Shammas,” or “Servant” candle—the one candle that provides light for all eight.
We can get wrapped up in holiday gift giving to the point it takes away from the season. Instead, we can sow into something bigger than ourselves, passing on a legacy to our family. As you give a holiday gift this season, consider sponsoring an olive tree.
Here are some reasons why you might consider choosing a tree sponsorship as a gift:
- You are giving to more than one person. Your generosity not only is a gift to a family member or loved one as a tree planted in their name in the Holy Land, it also blesses the people of Israel. All of our trees contribute to our efforts to provide employment and economic boost to the impoverished people of Israel.
- You help to provide hope to Israel. Every olive tree planted is a symbol of peace and hope for a region that hasn’t had nearly enough of either for generations. Through our humanitarian aid efforts, we have been able to provide for abused and neglected children, as well as provide for families of lone soldiers defending Israel. These olive trees are a symbolic way to reclaim the country and build a peaceful future. Your gift will be an everlasting hope for the nation of Israel.
- You are creating a spiritual connection with Israel. Olive tree sponsorships connect you physically to the Holy Land, the land of your spiritual forefathers. Through your gift you are helping fulfill the scriptures that prophesy of the reclamation of the Negev Desert. Remember what is written in the Word of God: God will bless those who bless His Holy Land, and the people of Israel can absolutely use your blessing.
The Father gives us wisdom in His Word about how and why we should give and sow:
“But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.”—2 Corinthians 9:6-8
There is a release of blessings when your heart is cheerful in the act of giving. There is both spiritual and material rewards. He promises to provide for your every need.
Trust in the Lord today, pray that the Holy Spirit guides your heart to align with God’s divine plan, both for you and His chosen people.