Prayer Station: Free Thy lovers from the prison of the enemy

God grant that, with a penetrating vision, thou mayest perceive, in all things, the sign of the revelation of Him Who is the Ancient King, and recognize how exalted and sanctified from the whole creation is that most holy and sacred Being. This, in truth, is the very root and essence of belief in the unity and singleness of God. “God was alone; there was none else besides Him.” He, now, is what He hath ever been. There is none other God but Him, the One, the Incomparable, the Almighty, the Most Exalted, the Most Great.

– Baha’u’llah, Gleanings From the Writings of Baha’u’llah

What a week this has been! Having completed the Ruhi 1 study circle last week, on Monday we gathered for a prayer meeting for the protection of the Baha’is wrongly persecuted and imprisoned in Iran:

O God! Thou beholdest Thy lovers in Iran in the clutches of hate and enmity. I beg of Thee, by Thy mercy which hath preceded the contingent world, to raise up from the earth those who will be moved to aid and protect them, and to preserve their rights and the restitution due to them by those who broke Thy Covenant and Testament, and perpetrated such acts as made the inmates of the cities of Thy justice and equity to lament. Thou art, verily, the All-Powerful, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.

– Bahá’u’lláh

Two friends came and we all chanted — in Arabic, in Farsi, in Bulgarian and English. The human voice is a beautiful instrument indeed. And prayer is a powerful tool! Having grown with no religion I can testify just by the example of my life that prayer is the most potent healing instrument. I hope that also helps with freeing the friends in Iran. Either way, it is time to speak out 4 Baha’is and to urge your U.S. Congress representative to co-sponsor and vote for H. Res. 175 on the Baha’is in Iran! Those of you outside of the U.S. can of course pray and find your appropriate ways to act in requesting freedom for the Iranian Baha’is. The situation is still very much grave and we should continue extending our support until it has been resolved.

Ayyam-i-Ha has started and with it the preparation for the Baha’i Fast. How much has changed in my life is illustrated by how much I look forward to the Fast. I used to cringe at the idea of it…

Tomorrow our community will celebrate Ayyam-i-Ha twice. In the afternoon, at the Alexandria Baha’i Center, with all kids where I will sing along two songs “We Are Drops” and “We Are Soldiers in God’s Army”. Then at night the whole community will get together for some delicious food and more sing along songs. Baher is bringing his guitar and we will jam!

Next Monday, I will host the next Prayer Station “For God’s Beauty’s sake”. And on Wednesday, the Ruhi 2 study circle “Arising to Serve” will commence. I can’t ask for a better way to start the Fast — with friends, prayer and study of the Holy Words!

May God Almighty continue blessing you, guiding you, protecting you, loving you! I know He does. I know I am loved!

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