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|changing dreams||Posted - 24 September 2008 16:23
I was at my sister's house recently on Shabbos, and she had just given her two little children a special Shabbos treat. When they were finished, they naturally wanted more, but, being a responsible mother, she did not indulge them. Of course, this resulted in much crying, kvetching, etc... My sister mentioned to me that sometimes she almost feels like not giving her children any treat at all (even though she enjoys making her children happy whenever she can), because they're perfectly happy beforehand, they don't really appreciate what they get (they're too little), and they just want more afterwards - so basically, everyone ends up unhappy. After a pause, she reflected that we hope that that isn't how HaKadosh Baruch Hu views us, His children.
Logically, why should He give us treats? Because we deserve them? Not necessarily. But He does anyway, because He likes to make us happy. And we have to ask ourselves, do we appreciate what we receive from our Tatty in Shamayim? Or do we just take it for granted, and kvetch and whine for more? Do we ever make Hashem feel like maybe we shouldn't get any?
We all know that we're allowed - no, we're supposed to! - ask HaKadosh Baruch Hu for all of our needs. It retains the kesher between us and Him, and he cherishes each tefillah that He receives. However, as we approach Rosh HaShana, the beginning of a new year - and the time when we will be making so many bakashos of Hashem concerning the coming year of our lives, let's pause for a moment. Let's take a minute to say "thank you" for all of the things that we already have; everything that we requested last year that we did get... Let's not forget hakaras ha'tov to the One Above for the year we just had - and after that, then we can think and ask about the year that lies ahead.
Kesiva V'chasima Tova to you all. I hope with all of my heart that everyone has a gutten, gebenched yur; a year of growth, bracha, hatzlacha - and may we be zoche to witness the coming of Moshiach, whom we need so desperately.
|new@frumteens||Posted - 02 October 2008 14:25
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