Reunion of hearts
What a pleasant surprise! God is all glorious and I experience His presence in most unexpected ways. I got this morning two comments on my blog from a very special friend who years ago touched my heart in immeasurable and lasting ways. Dawn and her brother Grant came to my hometown in the summer of 1991 to be the first travel teachers in the southwest of Bulgaria. In fact, they arrived on the anniversary of the Bab’s declaration, May 23rd, only few months after I had learned about the Baha’i Faith in the summer of 1990 in Odessa, Ukraine.
I was a young merchant then (no pun intended) selling pirated music (at the time the idea of copyright was very foreign to a former communist country) on the main street of my home town. Dawn and Grant helped me set a table with Baha’i literature and we would talk to all people who stopped by and invite them to a fireside inside the store at the end of each day.
I was a newly declared (over the phone) Baha’i, with very little understanding of what it actually meant. Dawn was my first deepening teacher. I still treasure the memory of a talk with her, sitting on a bench next to these tables, listening to her guidance that the source of Faith is in the Writings and that one must pick spirituality and stick with it and not flutter back and forth between the material and the spiritual. I have no clue if she had an innate instinct of what I needed to hear or it was simply God guiding her in diagnosing what would the struggle — and the healing — of my life be but I am truly grateful for this surprising reunion of the hearts this morning… For Dawn to me has always been one of those treasured examples of the ability to connect heart to heart, just as Abdu’l-Baha exhorted us.
From a talk Abdu’l-Baha gave in Washington, DC, on November 6, 1912:
O Thou compassionate Lord, Thou Who art generous and able! We are servants of Thine sheltered beneath Thy providence. Cast Thy glance of favor upon us. Give light to our eyes, hearing to our ears, and understanding and love to our hearts. Render our souls joyous and happy through Thy glad tidings. O Lord! Point out to us the pathway of Thy kingdom and resuscitate all of us through the breaths of the Holy Spirit. Bestow upon us life everlasting and confer upon us never-ending honor. Unify mankind and illumine the world of humanity. May we all follow Thy pathway, long for Thy good pleasure and seek the mysteries of Thy kingdom. O God! Unite us and connect our hearts with Thine indissoluble bond. Verily, Thou art the Giver, Thou art the Kind One and Thou art the Almighty.
(Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 397)