Prayer Station: One Soul
I feel blessed when I am able to share a meal and prayers with those seeking God:
And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.
(Christianity, Holy Bible, Acts, 4:31-32)
Tonight, four souls from four different countries (Peru, Bolivia, Serbia and Bulgaria) came to the Prayer Station and we all got nourished, physically with homemade yellow pea soup, banitza and banana bread, and spiritually with prayers and writings on the theme of “One Soul”:
He Who is your Lord, the All-Merciful, cherisheth in His heart the desire of beholding the entire human race as one soul and one body. Haste ye to win your share of God’s good grace and mercy in this Day that eclipseth all other created Days. How great the felicity that awaiteth the man that forsaketh all he hath in a desire to obtain the things of God! Such a man, We testify, is among God’s blessed ones.
(Bahá’í Faith, Baha’u’llah, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 81)
If any man were to meditate on that which the Scriptures, sent down from the heaven of God’s holy Will, have revealed, he would readily recognize that their purpose is that all men shall be regarded as one soul, so that the seal bearing the words ‘The Kingdom shall be God’s’ may be stamped on every heart, and the light of Divine bounty, of grace, and mercy may envelop all mankind. The One true God, exalted be His glory, hath wished nothing for Himself. The allegiance of mankind profiteth Him not, neither doth its perversity harm Him. The Bird of the Realm of Utterance voiceth continually this call: ‘All things have I willed for thee, and thee, too, for thine own sake.’ If the learned and worldly-wise men of this age were to allow mankind to inhale the fragrance of fellowship and love, every understanding heart would apprehend the meaning of true liberty, and discover the secret of undisturbed peace and absolute composure.
(Bahá’í Faith, Baha’u’llah, Tablets of Baha’u’llah, p. 161)
Then, after we listened to “All Things Are Of God”, it was time for Anna’s visual presentation on the Baha’i Faith. My Serbian guest Misho listened intently throughout the whole presentation, offering mindful remarks and while the others had to go, he stayed on asking me if it was OK for us to continue till the end. He seemed very reflective and inspired. As we discussed the obstacles Misho perceives as too big, I encouraged him to focus on the basic truth that this is all about connecting a soul to its Creator, and that the rest are details that over time will probably seem less significant. He found this comforting and inspiring. Whatever the outcome is, this was a truly wonderful evening of sharing prayers with those present and those who were away but present in our hearts; an evening, when we all felt as one soul!