“I say unto you that anyone who will rise up in the Cause of God at this time shall be filled with the Spirit of God, and that He will send His hosts from heaven to help you and that nothing shall be impossible to you if you have faith. And now I give you a commandment which shall be for a covenant between you and me—that ye have faith; that your faith be steadfast as a rock that no storms can move, that nothing can disturb, and that it endure through all things even to the end; even should ye hear that your Lord has been crucified, be not shaken in your faith; for I am with you always, whether living or dead, I am with you to the end. As ye have faith so shall your powers and blessings be. This is the standard—this is the standard—this is the standard.”
“They that tread the path of faith, they that thirst for the wine of certitude, must cleanse themselves of all that is earthly—their ears from idle talk, their minds from vain imaginings, their hearts from worldly affections, their eyes from that which perisheth. They should put their trust in God, and, holding fast unto Him, follow in His way. Then will they be made worthy of the effulgent glories of the sun of divine knowledge and understanding, and become the recipients of a grace that is infinite and unseen, inasmuch as man can never hope to attain unto the knowledge of the All-Glorious, can never quaff from the stream of divine knowledge and wisdom, can never enter the abode of immortality, nor partake of the cup of divine nearness and favour, unless and until he ceases to regard the words and deeds of mortal men as a standard for the true understanding and recognition of God and His Prophets.”
adib (bozeman, u.s.a) left: I find the Fast to be an excellent time for inner-reflection, and cleansing. I enjoy the fast and look at it as period when I can recharge my spiritual batteries for the coming year. I think photography has a somewhat similar calming and rejuvenating effect on my soul. My morning photo is of an abandoned shoe left in the snow on the side of a highway in Montana. My evening photo is of snow collected on the pines of a tree outside my apartment.
mauricio (haifa, israel) right: This year’s Fast arrived in a crucial moment in my life. A period where my service, here, at the Bahá’í World Centre is ending, and another, uncertain to some extent, is about to begin (relocating to an unknown area within the US with my wife). I can see now how the fast starts to take effect on me as I strive to get better and more focused during this time.
Last year being the most special Fast in my life (until then) where I felt the most connected ever, and this year the Fast has brought clarity and peace to my mind and I am able to focus on the things that really mater. I am trying to take in, as much as I can, my time in the Holy Shrines; every moment spent with those who were friends at some point and eventually feel like family; also looking at this “uncertainty” with new eyes and welcoming the change and getting excited for all the new opportunities we will have to serve wherever we end up relocating. And of course always being grateful and putting myself in God’s hands.