By Kathi Pelton
This is the last day of 2016 (New Years Eve) and it is also the 7th day of Hanukkah. At sunset we will light the 8th and final candle for the Hanukkah celebration.
I woke up early and saw the Spirit highlighting the number 7 and the number 8. The number 7 was overlaid by the number 2016 and the number 8 was overlaid by the number 2017. Biblically the number seven speaks of perfection or completion and the number eight represents new beginnings and resurrection life.
God completed creation in seven days and on the eighth day it all began to move together anew. Eight times Jesus appeared after His resurrection.
Once again I’m reminded of the separated clock wheels that I’ve been seeing in the Spirit and how they will come together in 2017. On the eighth day all of creation began to move together for the first time. We cross into 2017 on the 8th day of Hanukkah and I believe that this new year is a new beginning of the wheels beginning to function and turn together. A completion of a spiritual preparation has happened with the completion of 2016. It has not been easy but often the “creation process” can be long, hard and even messy. But then the completion is beautiful.
I was thinking about this very thing while setting up our house with all of our Christmas decorations this year. It’s a lot of work and the process is so messy. But then…beauty, lights and celebration begins.
I truly believe that it’s no mistake that Hanukkah and our Christmas and New Year celebrations have aligned perfectly this year (Hanukkah began at sunset Christmas Eve with the last and eighth candle being lit on New Years Eve at sunset…taking the eighth day into the New Year).
This is a night to celebrate a completion as we move into new life, new beginnings and a new year!
Happy New Year to All!
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