Serifat HaOmer

HaOmerBeing a Jew means having just finished one holiday to start looking forward to another. Here they are barely having savored Passover now rushing to Shavuot. Serifat Ha’Omer is the counting of 49 days (7 weeks) as stated in Leviticus 23:15-16. The idea of counting each day represents spiritual preparation and anticipation. You don’t countdown the days nor number off the days. Rather, you must say, “Today is one day of the Omer,” “Today is two days of the Omer,” etc. By doing it this way, they try to give more significance to the days achieved than to the goal.

Two lessons we can learn from this:

1.- The moment we reach a spiritual milestone, we have to move the goalpost and aim higher. “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12-14.

2.- It’s not just the second or tenth day of a process, but every past and present step on the journey is significant. Life is not just about the goals; it’s about the journey itself.


Different events grow in value because of the hours we spend looking forward to them

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.Ps 90:12

Published in: on April 11, 2013 at 4:36 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. Me encantó el significado de la importancia de “días” mas que en la meta…así es, debemos aprender traer sabiduría a nuestra vida día con día.

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