Today is the seventh day – one week of the Omer.

The light broke through the thick tangle of green overgrowth through the still leaves of the trees. Each time a ray came out from the shadows of predawn – radiance. Sparks of soft light dancing like a prayer, a quiet supplication to stir all life that slumbers. Wake up. It really is spectacular every morning as dawn breaks through the night and the sun burns off the mist. Every morning. Every morning.

Every morning we are invited to witness the emerging day as if it is the beginning of time. The miracle of God’s creation, of human endeavor, of a world in perpetual motion, of endless possibility for life renewed. Every morning, a new day. Forgiveness is an early morning walk – it is life long. We step softly through experience, pain, and wonder as if we have found ourselves after being a bit lost in the thick woods. Listen to the calls of the morning, they urge the light to break through. Listen.

Every day that we are alive, there is an invitation to the morning ritual of awakening. 

Rabbi Karyn Kedar, The Bridge to Forgiveness

 

Baruch Ata Adonai Elo-hei-nu me-lech ha-olam a-sher ke-d-sha-nu b- mitz-vo-tav, v-tzi-va-nu al s-fi-rat ha-omer.

Praised be you Adonai our God who rules the Universe instilling within us the holiness of mitzvot by commanding us to count the Omer. Today is the seventh day – one week of the Omer.