Do not be discouraged because you are few

… do not be discouraged because you are few or because people think that your Cause is of no importance. If few people come to your gatherings do not lose heart, and if you are ridiculed and contradicted be not distressed, for the apostles of Christ had the same to bear. They were reviled and persecuted, cursed and ill-treated, but in the end they were victorious and their enemies were found to be wrong.
(Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 117)

It has been many weeks in a row now that nobody has physically come to the Prayer Station. Thankfully, I have been getting prayer requests via email and through this blog, so I am not left praying only for myself and my loved ones. It is in fact a good reminder that praying for anyone is praying for a loved one.

Glorified art Thou, O Lord my God! I pray Thee, by Him Who is the Day-Spring of Thy signs and the Manifestation of Thy names, and the Treasury of Thine inspiration, and the Repository of Thy wisdom, to send upon Thy loved ones that which will enable them to cleave steadfastly to Thy Cause, and to recognize Thy unity, and to acknowledge Thy oneness, and to bear witness to Thy divinity. Raise them up, O my God, to such heights that they will recognize in all things the tokens of the power of Him Who is the Manifestation of Thy most august and all-glorious Self.

(Baha’u’llah, Prayers and Meditations by Baha’u’llah, p. 164)

But I am still trying to figure out a way to invite others to join me for the interfaith prayer meetings…

On Saturday, I had a very pleasant opportunity to dine with my piano teacher, her husband, and a number of her other former students. Not intentionally for Race Unity Day, the group was nevertheless very diverse — from Thai, Serbian, Jewish, African-American, Bulgarian, and plain old white American background.

After pleasant Vietnamese dinner at the wonderful Four Sisters restaurant, as I was getting ready to go I made a verbal invitation to all, to join me for my prayer meeting but since it was noisy, and I was not as confident as I should have been, I promised my fellow diners to send the information through the teacher hoping she would forward it to them.

Back at home, I indeed send her the invitation. Responding to my email, my piano teacher was kind enough to suggest adding “words of comfort from Psalm 91 in the Bible. They speak of God as the Protector of those who trust in Him”:

1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!” 3 For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper, And from the deadly pestilence. 4 He will cover you with His pinions, And under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.

5 You will not be afraid of the terror by night, Or of the arrow that flies by day; 6 Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; {But} it shall not approach you. 8 You will only look on with your eyes, And see the recompense of the wicked. 9 For you have made the Lord, my refuge, {Even} the Most High, your dwelling place. 10 No evil will befall you, Nor will any plague come near your tent. 11 For He will give His angels charge concerning you, To guard you in all your ways. 12 They will bear you up in their hands, Lest you strike your foot against a stone. 13 You will tread upon the lion and cobra, The young lion and the serpent you will trample down. 14 “Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him {securely} on high, because he has known My name. 15 “He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him, and honor him. 16 “With a long life I will satisfy him, And let him behold My salvation.”

She also offered to print the invitation to the Prayer Station and post it in her classroom. How kind of her!

Pray God that more souls are guided to sharing prayers in praise of the One Creator!

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