|December 22, 2011|
I am not alone at all, I thought. I was never alone at all. And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the word seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses.
– Taylor Caldwell
The Hanukkah commemoration of the rededication of the [Second] Holy Temple in Jerusalem and the Christmas celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ serve to remind us that we part of a community that transcends time and place; one that hearkens back, as Orval Watts reminds us in The Northwood Idea, to the people who embraced and passed down to us The Ten Commandments and The Golden Rule.
The meaning of the term Hanukkah–“to dedicate”–captures the essence of both holidays and is one that ought to give us pause to reflect. As we give thanks we would do well to consider that the best and most meaningful “thank you” anyone can give is to live better and differently as a result of the very blessings we celebrate.
As members of the Northwood community, we have many reasons to be thankful, not least of which are the freedoms and opportunities we enjoy and the way of life that they have made possible for countless people around the world. As we gather to celebrate and give thanks in our unique and individual ways, I invite you to do so in a spirit of rededication to our families, communities, and Northwood University. In so doing, we will not only pay tribute to the vision, effort, and sacrifice of those who have made it possible for us to be where we are today but we will ensure that these, and many more, blessings will be passed on to the generations that follow.
On behalf of everyone at Northwood University, I wish you and your family a happy and peaceful holiday season.
Keith A. Pretty, J.D.