KOSHER DELIGHT - YOUR JEWISH ONLINE MAGAZINE!
December 11, 2006 - כ' כסלו,
often think about
the story of the miracle of Chanukah. One flask of oil was the catalyst for
the miracle that took place. It has crossed my mind many times that perhaps
this story is metaphorical to each individual who, if given the chance, can
make a difference.
it one friend,
one teacher, one student, one doctor or even one stranger; each of us has the
power of one that many of us don’t appreciate, realize or actualize. Yes,
each one of us, as individuals, has the power to create miracles for the
people we come into contact with.
have recently read
a story about one woman, a mother, with a son in the US army who is stationed
in Iraq. It is a simple but incredible story that underscores, at this time of
the year, the power of one person.
from her son, a soldier in Iraq that cans of neon colored Silly String can
help save the lives of American soldiers stationed in Iraq. American troops
use the cans to detect trip wires around bombs. Before entering buildings that
may be booby trapped with deadly bombs the troops squirt the plastic string
across the room. The string can shoot strands 10-12 feet long. If the string
falls to the ground, the troops know it is safe and there are no trip wires.
If it hangs in the air, on the almost invisible trip wires, the troops know
that they have a problem.
grabbed the ball and started her own one person miracle with a very simple and
inexpensive idea. She is now organizing a drive to send Silly String to Iraq
to help the soldiers there. In fact, she has 1,000 cans of Silly String in her
one-car garage ready to be shipped to the American troops in the Middle East.
the story of Michelle Shriver and her cans of Silly String seems so trivial in
the greater scheme of a this long war in Iraq, I think her story highlights
some very valuable food for thought – and emphasizes the power of one.
saw a chance to make a real difference in some people’s lives. Her actions
might help save her son’s life and the lives of his friends. Somehow I
don’t think she did this for the attention it might draw from the media or
because she is wildly wealthy and could just say, “Why not!”
given a golden opportunity to make a real difference – a life saving
difference - and she grabbed it. Though many people do such things for others
on a daily basis, perhaps after we read this story we should pause for a
moment and think, “Do I seize the moment? Do I step up to the plate when
there is a need to? If people need human contact do they think of calling me?
Am I there? Do I accomplish for others as well as myself?”
if you can answer yes
to any of these questions, you have learned the lesson of Chanukah, you have
lived through the miracle making power of each individual person, and you were
exposed to the incredible power of one.
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