Omer – Day 3
Barukh ata Adonay, Eloheynu Melekh ha-olam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’zivanu al s’firat haOmer.
Blessed be the Eternal God, Ruler of the universe, who makes us holy through Mitzvot and has commanded us to count the Omer.
Hayom yom shlishi laOmer.
Today is day 3 of the Omer.
Tiferet be Khesed – Beauty within kindness; grace within love
Sometimes, kindness is ugly. I’m sorry, but seriously. It’s not pretty when the person doing the kindness has that grim, grim look on her face, when the task was prefaced with a grumble and a “why am I always the one stuck doing that?” When the kindness is grudging or resentful, or even malicious, that kind of caring can actually hurt more than help. Yes, giving charity grudgingly might be a good thing – it’s on Maimonidies’ list after all, but it’s still ugly. When kindness is spontaneous, given whole heartedly and offered with grace, it can become beautiful. Today, I will strive to smile while I help others, so they know I mean what I do.