Chesed shebe Hod: Lovingkindness in Humility

Last night, Tuesday evening, April 27, we counted twenty nine days, which is four weeks and one day of the Omer.

Day 29 – Chesed of Hod: Lovingkindness in Humility

“Hod”, oil on stainless refrigerator door, 2010

Once again, it is Anna who embodies lovingkindness, but who also represents humility, the acknowledgment of all that is out of our sphere of control, the knowledge that what we have is lent to us briefly, the realization of just how small we are and how big the world is.  Anna is such an accomplished and beautiful young woman, but never filled with ego, never unaware of the magic and mystery of it all.  It’s what makes her an amazing artist (levhardware.wordpress.com) and human being.  That, and her incredible loving orientation to all who come into her life.  Anna remains forever young and very wise at the same time.  Her beauty is the beauty of Chesed shebe Hod.

There was another article in Discover magazine this week that influenced my thoughts on Hod:  The article dealt with water on the moon, and how the man who first “proved” that water did not exist on the moon, has now been graciously acknowledging new information, with humor, that H2O is actually there, right where we’ve been thinking for fifty years or so that it isn’t.  To me, this is Hod, the humility that tells us to remain open, ready to admit that we are wrong and change directions when we need to.  It is not hesitation, or hedging bets, or not doing things to avoid failure.  It is the full on willingness to participate and create, knowing full well we will be re-thinking a lot of things later!

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