Omer Day 29: Stepping up to Love

Hesed she’b’Hod – Love of Humility

I’ve made mistakes;
I’ve made a lot of mistakes.
But all things grow.
Maybe I can be a sprout poking
Through the cold stone
On my jagged ascent
To the high road.

Staring up from the bottom is an experience in humility, 
Especially staring up at others, whether in awe, respect, or even fear.
And from that point, there is but one action I can take: to climb up.

From the lower path, I am reaching for the love I see at the top of the stairs.

Today, I want to express love for others through trust in them.
I want to see the love that brings the best out of each of us,
And that love that allows us to survive our worst moments. 

I want to express love for the match which was destroyed
For the creation of my warm fire,
And for the water which will one day put it out. 

Image by D’vorah Horn from her set of Omer Practice Cards (2016).

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