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 two of the Omer. Hayom yom sheni laOmer.
Today is Gevura be Khesed, strength within love, might within kindness.
When they won’t listen. When you tell them and tell them and tell them and they just won’t listen. That’s when all you have – and you know this is all you have – is the strength of your love. When the kids scream for no reason, and the housemates deliberately do all the things that annoy you, you need to find love, and sometimes it’s hard. Sometimes, it’s remembering the strength that kindness hides that gets you through. That’s what makes the nagging sarcastic comments you make in frustration bearable – because you say them with caring, from love – and that’s how you’re heard. Sometimes, it’s the strength of love that gets you through the day.
Today, may we be strong enough to love them when they make it hard.