By Yaira Robinson, Interfaith Power and Light
When everything seems difficult, bleak, and hopeless – as it often does on climate – we have a thick, heavy, and self-perpetuating darkness. In this kind of darkness, it’s difficult to see how lighting one candle would make any amount of difference.
But as the practice of lighting candles for Hanukah teaches, lighting one candle makes all the difference in the world: one candle, the shamash, lights all the other candles, even up to a shining and brilliant eight! Our Hanukah practice also teaches that one lit candle leads to increasing amounts of light over time.
The world needs each one of us to wake up and work toward a healthy, balanced, and sustainable future – to light up our lives in love, service, and action. How do we do that when things seem so bleak? Search for other awake, engaged, lit souls! Together you shine more brightly. Don’t see any? Be the first lit candle! Share your climate concerns, hopes, and goals in your community networks. Your light will invite others to engage and act.
This Hanukah, let’s do more than light candles. Let’s kindle the light of our souls, and dedicated ourselves to the holy work of creating a better, brighter future.