Friday, May 8, 2015

Count the Omer 2015: Day 34

Day 34: Yesod within HodConnection within Majesty
Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh
[God] took [Abraham] outside and said, "Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them." And He added, "So shall your offspring be." And because he put his trust in the Lord, He reckoned it to his merit. Genesis 15:5-6
I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, where I could make out a few stars in the sky and took pride in always knowing where to find Orion's Belt. The stars have always made humanity look up in wonder, reminding us of the majesty and vastness of the universe. It is rare these days for me to see any stars living in light-polluted city after light-polluted city, but when I spend time in the natural world, I am amazed by its beauty. 

There is as much hope and promise in the stars today as there was when God promised a legacy to Abraham. The stars serve as a reminder of that promise, the foundation of the Jewish people, and of God's continued connection to us all.