Sunday, September 13, 2009
When blessing rains from heaven
This morning my kids were stuck to the window in great excitement. It was raining. Not just a drop or two either, but the pavement outside was actually wet. It's very unusual for this time of the year in this part of the world. Generally it doesn't rain here till after Succos. But last night was the first night of slichos and right away there was a response from Upstairs. G-d's presence is felt so clearly here in Israel. Rain is a sign of blessing. I read once in a book called In Joy!!! that when it's raining, it's a good time to pray for things because it means the Heaven's treasure houses are open. As Elul the time of special closeness to Hashem winds to an end and the holidays draw closer and the preparations get into high gear it's nice to have this message from Above. To feel Hashem saying that he can't wait to shower us with blessing figuratively and literally if only we make some changes in the right direction. Let this early rain be a harbinger of good year to come.