Endurance within Lovingkindness
The fourth day of the Omer is the day of netzach she’b’chesed, endurance within lovingkindness.
How do love and kindness endure? What gives them their endurance, their lasting qualities?
Think about a situation in which love persevered. A long-lasting love. An act of kindness which endured and resonated in your life, or in the life of another, for a long time.
How can you invest your lovingkindness with endurance? This is the fourth step toward Shavuot, toward revelation, toward Sinai.
As I count the Omer, let my counting create a tikkun, a healing, between transcendence and immanence, God far above and God deep within.
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, אֱלֹהֵינוּ רוּחַ הַעולָם, אָשֶר קִדשָנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָנוּ אַל סְפִירַת הַעמֶר.
Baruch atah, Adonai, eloheinu ruach ha’olam, asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu al sfirat ha-omer.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, breath of life, who makes us holy with mitzvot and gives us this opportunity to count the Omer.
Today is the fourth day of the Omer!