“O ye beloved of God! When the winds blow severely, rains fall fiercely, the lightning flashes, the thunder roars, the bolt descends and storms of trial become severe, grieve not; for after this storm, verily, the divine spring will arrive, the hills and fields will become verdant, the expanses of grain will joyfully wave, the earth will become covered with blossoms, the trees will be clothed with green garments and adorned with blossoms and fruits. Thus blessings become manifest in all countries. These favors are results of those storms and hurricanes.”
layli (rapid city, u.s.a.) left: As this year comes to a close, I find myself eager to shed some old habits and mentalities that haven’t proven beneficial to me and start fresh! Thankfully, for the Fast, I am able to more keenly identify what assists me in my spiritual development & nurtures my relationship with Bahá’u’lláh. During this time, I have been deliberately making efforts to focus on those things that bring me joy & bliss : I think of my dear family & husband, which I am so blessed to have, and the relationships in my life that nurture and feed my soul—all of these gifts are God-given & blessed! It is only appropriate then, that my best friend/dear brother and I are contributing to “nineteen days” together today.
The quote above is one that was typed up on a little piece of paper that I had printed out for a study group Na’im and I used to have in college. He then put it in his prayer book for 4 years, then sent it to me in the mail, suggesting I now put it in my prayer book. every time I read this quote, I am uplifted and reminded of the significance of trusting in the Mercy of God by staying positive & hopeful.
na’im (beijing, china) right: My year is a spindle of yarn. From Naw-Ruz onwards, the spindle unravels with increasing speed, snagging on this and extending to there. From the first moment of the Fast, each length of the yarn is sought out, hopefully examined, and with God’s blessing brought back to the center. For me there is no feeling of balance or calm like the one that accompanies these days. There is no joy like laboring on a Path of exertion and search surrounded by the fellowship and love of family and friends.