Monday, 17 August 2009

Blessing G-d's Creation.

An integral part of being a Jew is reciting blessings. We recite a blessing prior to eating and after eating, after going to the bathroom, during our prayers and on a range of interesting other aspects of G-d's Creation. Each of the blessings are aimed, in part to remind us who the real Creator is and that He is in charge of every detail.

When we recite a blessing on the pleasing aroma of a herb, flower or spice, it is understandable why we are grateful to partake in this blessing. When we recite a blessing over the new blossoms at the beginning of spring, once again this blessing is understandable.

Have you considered that we also recite a blessing over someone who is disabled, someone who is particularly beautiful or the opposite, on hearing difficult news? Two blessings that are very thought provoking are the blessing on hearing thunder from a strong storm and upon seeing lightning or shooting stars.

When I was a child, our instinct upon hearing thunder was to hide under covers or run to a parent for protection. We certainly did not stop to think of reciting a blessing.

The blessing on hearing thunder is "Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the universe, whose power and might fill the world"

The blessing on seeing lighting is " Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the universe, who re-enacts the work of creation."

When I was sent these photographs of a thunder and lightening storm in Cape Town, I thought of the blessings we recite. There is much one can say about these blessings, but a picture is worth a thousand words. If you take a look at the photograph above and of others on the blog: Rosemary's Book Corner, and then contemplate on the wording of the blessing, I hope you will be able to come up with your own insights.

May the thoughts help to give you inspiration and increased faith that we have an incredible Creator or Directs every aspect of Creation at every moment. May this thought help you to realize you are never alone.

May we merit the time when every human being and every aspect of creation bends and recites a blessing to our Living G-d.

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