by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths
We thank G-d for everything. Hashem is good, and everything is for the good.
One of my daughters asked, 'how can you thank Hashem for the bad?' My response to her, 'how do you know it's bad?' Many things that seem bad push us in a new direction - individually and occasionally collectively. They give us new strengths, new depths or new maturity. They get us out of a rut and looking around to re-evaluate our situation and make some needed changes.
I then told her I lost 1/2 my job this week. Baruch Hashem. (1/2 means my employer cut my hours and my salary by 50%, in lieu of releasing me - for now.)
Yes it's tough. Yes Passover is just over a week away with it's expenses, and rent is waiting, and spring clothing is needed for growing children. But hopefully I'll look back at it and say, thank G-d I was pushed to new opportunities.
For now I just say thank G-d, I'm sure it's for the best. I know I'm not alone, a few readers have shared some very difficult stories of losing their businesses and/or homes and I've read a few other Jewish bloggers who are trying to learn to get by on unemployment and Medicaid (US medical system for the poor).
Tomorrow we'll be starting our Passover campaign. Unfortunately many people find themselves in a position of not being able to cover even the basics this Pesach, as I can all the suddenly relate to. Truly far too many are relying on those who can to help this year.
BS"D - בסיעתא דשמיא