“The flame of every fire hath been extinguished except the Flame which the hands of Thine omnipotence have kindled, and whose radiance Thou hast, by the power of Thy name, shed abroad before all that are in Thy heaven and all that are on Thy earth. As the tribulations deepen, it waxeth hotter and hotter. ”
“O My beloved friends! You are the bearers of the name of God in this Day…. You are the lowly, of whom God has thus spoken in His Book: “And We desire to show favour to those who were brought low in the land, and to make them spiritual leaders among men, and to make them Our heirs.”You have been called to this station; you will attain to it, only if you arise to trample beneath your feet every earthly desire, and endeavour to become those “honoured servants of His who speak not till He hath spoken, and who do His bidding”.… Heed not your weaknesses and frailty; fix your gaze upon the invincible power of the Lord, your God, the Almighty…. Arise in His name, put your trust wholly in Him, and be assured of ultimate victory.”
alisa mappes/left (taipei, taiwan): In the morning, heating soup and evening drops on a small potted plant outdoors in Taipei, Taiwan. Fasting has never been more surprising. In the clutches of a mad flu that caused me to stop fasting for two days, I what a blessing good health is for giving one the ability to obtain the bounties of the fast. All’s well now. Onward, onward! The next day approaches!
chad mauger/right (haifa, israel): Looking back on the events of the past year, the overarching theme has been travel and change. Reflecting on this has made me grateful for the things that are constant in my life, like my relationship with God and my family. The Fast is also a constant; a constant reminder of our spiritual duties and a recurring source of revival and renewal. The Fasting period this year for me is split between two countries, further highlighting the changes that occur in my life while the Fast stays the same. Although the Fast began for me in Australia, I am blessed to be spending the latter half of the Fast this year with my wife in Haifa, Israel. In the course of my work yesterday, I came across the Báb’s address to the Letters of the Living, which I felt compelled to share, at least in part, as cited in the Century of Light by the Universal House of Justice. For those not familiar with the Bahá’í Faith, the Báb was the forerunner to Bahá’u’lláh, the prophet founder of the Bahá’í Faith. What makes this so moving for me is the fact that this address was made to those who were the first to believe in the Báb and His message. The full address can be found in The Dawn-Breakersby Nabíl-i-A‘ẓam.