Week 5 - Week of Hod: Presence, Splendor, Patience
High desert canyons,
Red walls reaching upward,
Streaks of yellow sandstone and Navajo white.
Sheets of rock formed,
And reformed by wind and water
By the passing of heat and cold.
These mighty canyons
Are made beautiful,
By all that has been worn away.
By all that has been lost.
Walking among them one would be forgiven
For assuming these massive forms are forever.
But after leaning against a wall,
Or seeking shelter in a crevice,
We come away with the red dust
Of their passing.
Everything that is becomes something else.
Everything that will be, was.
May our hearts be strong and filled with courage
As the seasons pass and leave us
Raw and exposed,
And perhaps even more beautiful
For all that has been worn away.
All that has been lost.
The spiritual qualities of Hod—Presence, Glory, Splendor—which come through this 5th week of the Omer, call us to pause and notice where we are on our journeys.
This week urges us to take time for stillness, to practice patience and set an intention to let things unfold in their own time. There are signs and messengers here to guide us, Hod teaches. Lift up your eyes, be still, and let the Mysterious Presence of life show you the way. And when lost and afraid, return to the present moment by taking note of something that inspires your gratitude.
—Rabbi Yael Levy