Omer Day 22: Hesed sh’be’Netzach – For the Love of Endurance

I’m no stranger to ambition
I can go on that five a.m. run
Achieve countless educational degrees
Create the home, the family of my dreams
Maintaining order throughout the chaos
Work past the daylight hours for a better world
I endure 

I give from the raw depth of my soul
At the bedside of illness with a homemade meal
Whole body tears in a puddle on the floor
A morning kiss goodbye before the vulnerable day ahead
And memories dressed all in black saying one final goodbye
The joyful singing of Shehekheyanu at a newborn life
I love

And then….
There are the moments
That cause me to have to
Love endurance

To read the same books
To scrape the same food off the floor
To play with the same toys everyday
To repeat and repeat and repeat
With patience
With intention
With humility
Reliably 

I must love endurance
I must endure to love
For Netzach (endurance)
Must be done out of Hesed (love)

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