Celebrating the Prince of Peace

As the years of my Baha’i life pass, my appreciation of celebrating Holy Days becomes deeper and more enjoyable. In the past couple of years, first thing I do on the first working day of the new year is to block all Baha’i Holy Days on my calendar and send the list to my boss. This way, planned from early on, it is very easy to ensure I do not work on a Holy Day.

This year, the celebration of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, the Prince of Peace, was made doubly meaningful for me because I was able to attend it with two new friends who expressed interest in joining me during the Monday Prayer Station. As Madeleine and Merrie live in DC, I wanted to introduce them to some of the friends there. I went to pick them up and even though it was dark and rainy I found their place rather easily as I used to live in their vicinity years ago when I first moved to DC. The celebration itself was outstanding: full of music, prayers, joy and fellowship. It was hosted by the Baha’i Black Men’s Gathering who ensured we all participated and sang along. I loved their rendition of Van Gilmer’s “I’m Going Back To The Father”. Then Katharine, Melissa and Sholeh sang angelically SKY’s “Sign of Love”, followed by an original composition based on quotations from the Ruhi books and closing with their version of “Say God Sufficeth”. The musical dessert were the delightful Vocal Motion Six from Namibia, whom last week I had a chance to bring to the International Fall Fest at Sofia’s school.

The seekers enjoyed themselves. Madeleine was delighted to discover others intrigued by the Glory of God and was very impressed to meet some 5th generation Baha’is and some new Baha’is and Baha’is of such impressive diversity all mingle in loving fellowship. On the way to the celebration and back I had a fascinating talk with Merrie trying to interpret a dream she had had following the prayer meeting on Monday, in which she had found a box which opened threefold and in which there was a photo of a man in imperial clothes from 19th century. I linked the dream to the Covenant of Baha’u’llah and His Tablets addressing the kings and rulers of the world and the promise for world peace.

Speaking of peace, I am going to the dialogue hosted by the Baha’i Chair of World Peace next Thursday, which is the reason I am shifting my Ruhi 3 class next week. Tonight’s class was a very delightful closing of a long and busy but also joyous day, with some very deep discussions on how the unconditional love of God can be the only tool for overcoming insecurity and selfishness in children and adults:

For every one of you his paramount duty is to choose for himself that on which no other may infringe and none usurp from him. Such a thing — and to this the Almighty is My witness — is the love of God, could ye but perceive it.
(Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 261)

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