Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Day 32 of the Omer

Today, the fourth day of the fifth week, we consider the Divine Attributes of Netzach in Hod - Endurance in Humility.

The day is hot and stepping barefoot into the icy stream is first a shock and then a relief to my body. I feel the smooth surfaces of a whole stream bed full of stones as I walk slowly through the water. Bending over, I pick up a few small stones and run my fingers over their smooth surfaces. They are rounded, without rough edges, the work of many years of being tumbled downstream by the force of moving water. I wonder where these stones have traveled on their journey; I wonder what changes the world has seen since they first began to be smoothed as the water tumbled them against each other, over and over, slowly chipping off tiny bits of the rock's once-rough edges.

As we endure the dark times between the light, life can make our edges sharper, or it can make them, and us, smoother and softer. We must choose life day after day after day in order to maintain our humility and grow rounded and smooth to the touch, in order to allow the waters of life to do their holy work on our spirits. 

Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu melech ha'olam, asher kid-shanu b'mitzvotav, vitzivanu, al sefirat ha'omer.

Blessed are you Adonai our G!d, ruler of the universe, who sanctifies us with mitzvot and commands us regarding the counting of the Omer.

Today is thirty-two days which is four weeks and four days of the Omer.

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