“A twofold obligation resteth upon him who hath recognized the Day Spring of the Unity of God, and acknowledged the truth of Him Who is the Manifestation of His oneness. The first is steadfastness in His love, such steadfastness that neither the clamor of the enemy nor the claims of the idle pretender can deter him from cleaving unto Him Who is the Eternal Truth, a steadfastness that taketh no account of them whatever. The second is strict observance of the laws He hath prescribed—laws which He hath always ordained, and will continue to ordain, unto men, and through which the truth may be distinguished and separated from falsehood.”
“”Thou hast endowed every hour of these days with a special virtue…”
tamila zeinalova/left (bishkek, kyrgyzstan): This year’s Fast has been blessed by the unique call of the Universal Houseof Justice to “offer prayers during this month for the protection of the friends in the Cradle of the Faith and to beseech Baha’u’llah for their well-being”. This has helped me so much to keep my thoughts focused throughout these days. I always thought that centring our thoughts on some specific theme or virtue enriches our experience during the Fast, but could never find one worthy enough to dedicate most of the prayers and thoughts to, during all 19 days. But it’s different this year. The object of our prayers is so significant that even all 19 days of praying may not seem to do justice to sufficiently answer this call.
kadria simons/right (toronto, canada): As warm light poured through the windows this morning, I thought of the joys that are found in each hour of these special days. Watching the sunrise each morning, finding renewed order and beauty in daily tasks, connecting with friends and neighbours, praying each night with my husband, and participating in nineteen days. My day ended with some quiet moments in a favourite park. The grass is brown, the trees are bare, the sky is grey. Yet what a comfort to know that beneath the mulch and decay, the signs of Spring are just a few short weeks away.