Prayer Station – Tender Hearts

What a blessing tonight was! When it rains, it pours! I had ten people come to the devotional gathering tonight, two of whom were not yet Baha’is but had contacted us through the Arlington Baha’i website and were very much driven by their longing to seek spiritual truth and to find it in the Baha’i Faith. Of course, as fate would have it, I could not find the declaration cards but these are small details. I am sure there is wisdom in everything.

The spirit was great, the banana bread smell too 😉 The best of all were the people who blessed my apartment with their presence. They came from Singapore and Ireland (courtesy of the Tahirih Justice Center), Holland and Bulgaria (courtesy of Dessi and her mom), Hyattsville, MD (courtesy of the Metro), and of course good old Arlington. Prayers were offered in English, Bulgarian and Arabic. We talked about the meaning of life and the power of prayer. We shared stories of searching for faith and finding it.  We decided to start a study circle on the “Life of the Spirit” starting next Monday, a week from tonight.

The lovely seekers were so eager to know more about the Faith that I had to part with my copies of “Selected Writings of Baha’u’llah”, “The Hidden Words of Baha’u’llah”, “Baha’u’llah and the New Era”, and”Remembrance of God”. I just reordered extra copies so I hope this helps to keep the Baha’i Bookstore steady in these turbulent times 😉 I also ordered ten copies of the Ruhi 1 book, just in case and to be ready for the study circle on Monday. I am so grateful for the gift of this glorious Faith! And so pumped up, I can hardly go to bed now but let me follow the established procedure and share with you the musical program from tonight’s Prayer Station:

First was “Hollow Reed” from Eric Dozier and JB Eckl’s “Badasht Vol. 1“. This selection was, in fact, the result of a technical glitch (wrong song list) in my mp3 player but I am sure it was all fine and with a special purpose:

Oh, God, make me a hollow reed, from which the pith of self hath been blown so that I may become as a clear channel through which Thy Love may flow to others.

Of course, it is not from the Writings, but still is a marvelous song!

Then we had a selection from the Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Baha’i sacred writings, related (somewhat loosely) to the theme of “Tender Hearts”.

Then came the next song, yet again the result of a technical glitch, this time a more serious one — rebuilding the song database — but as beautiful as the originally planned would have been. The song was “Heights above” from Ali Youssefi‘s CD “A Step Away”:

Thou art but one step away from the glorious heights above and from the celestial tree of love. Take thou one pace and with the next advance into the immortal realm and enter the pavilion of eternity. Give ear then to that which hath been revealed by the pen of glory.

(Baha’u’llah, The Persian Hidden Words)

Then many of us offered prayers: for healing, for peace, for removing of difficulties, for detachment, for nearness to God. And then we finished with a little gem of a song written and performed by Rose-Marie Peterson:

May you become as the waves of one sea, stars of the same heaven, fruits adorning the same tree, roses of one garden in order that through you the oneness of humanity may establish its temple in the world of mankind, for you are the ones who are called to uplift the cause of unity among the nations of the earth.

(Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 214)

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