Counting the Omer – Day 30
Barukh ata Adonay, Eloheinu, melekh ha’olam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu al sfirat ha-omer.
Blessed are You, Adonay our God, ruler of the universe, who makes us holy with mitzvot and gives us this opportunity to count the Omer.
Today is day thirty which is four weeks and two days of the Omer. Hayom yom shloshim she hem arba’a shavuot vey shtey yammim laOmer.
Today is Gevura be Hod, strength within gratitude, might within thanksgiving.
Gratitude is extraordinarily strong. It seems obvious, right? And yet, when I tell unhappy (not clinically depressed, that is something different) friends to make a gratitude list because (and try this – 5 gratitude points a day for a couple of weeks) it will cheer them up a bit, they tell me not to be silly. That could never work! Yet, it does. It brings a different way of seeing things into the world, and that new way brings joy. I know that for some, this is counter-intuitive. It isn’t always easy, either. When I’m sad, the last thing that comes into my mind is gratitude. It is, however, a power I can tap into and use.
Today, we turn to gratitude as a strength – we find something to be grateful for.