Text: Luke 5:1-11
At 5 AM on a December Sunday morning a few years ago, Judith and Martin Markovitz were awakened by the sound of breaking glass. Vandals had walked across their front lawn, smashed their living room window, and destroyed an electric menorah that had remained lighted through the night in celebration of Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights.
Word about the incident spread quickly through their quiet neighborhood, built only five years before in a community outside of Philadelphia. By nightfall, 18 homes on their street and adjoining cul-de-sacs were lighted with electric menorahs. On the next-to-last day of Hanukkah, 25 menorahs lit up Christian homes nearby. More families would have put a menorah in their window if local stores hadn’t run out. “We wanted to make sure that the family knew they had our support,” said Margie Alexander, a 36-year-old Roman Catholic.