Light up the darkness

I just saw “I Am Legend” with Will Smith, in which he explains who Bob Marley is by saying:

He had this idea. It was kind of a virologist idea. He believed that you could cure racism and hate… literally cure it, by injecting music and love into people’s lives. When he was scheduled to perform at a peace rally, a gunman came to his house and shot him down. Two days later he walked out on that stage and sang. When they asked him why – He said, “The people, who were trying to make this world worse… are not taking a day off. How can I? Light up the darkness.

Prayer Station with Hillary ChapmanOn Saturday, Hillary Chapman came to my apartment for the now monthly Prayer Station and mesmerized 27 of us with stories of Nashville song writing, providing aural illustrations with some classic country songs. In the second half of the evening, he lead all of us into impromptu sing-alongs based mostly (but not only) on the music of Leonor Dely with multiple language improvisations sprinkled for flavor. We sang three versions of “Say God Sufficieth” in at least four languages, and as Hillary promised us, by the end of the evening, we had learned that prayer by heart:

Say: God sufficeth all things above all things, and nothing in the heavens or in the earth but God sufficeth. Verily, He is in Himself the Knower, the Sustainer, the Omnipotent.
– The Bab

It was truly an uplifting evening made particularly delightful by the presence of a very diverse group of people hailing from Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Hong Kong, Iran, Serbia and of course the U.S., who enjoyed each others’ company until quite late. The next day at the DC Baha’i Center, one of these new friends answered the call of Baha’u’llah and declared his believe in Him, joining the worldwide Baha’i community! Light up the darkness!

For a single purpose were the Prophets, each and all, sent down to earth; for this was Christ made manifest, for this did Bahá’u’lláh raise up the call of the Lord: that the world of man should become the world of God, this nether realm the Kingdom, this darkness light, this satanic wickedness all the virtues of heaven — and unity, fellowship and love be won for the whole human race, that the organic unity should reappear and the bases of discord be destroyed and life everlasting and grace everlasting become the harvest of mankind.
(Abdu’l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 30)

One Response to “Light up the darkness

  • Reza & Jean
    10 years ago

    Dear Befriended Strange, We still enjoy reading your postings they are uplifting especially light up the darkness we will be discussing in our next Ruhi

    much love

    Reza & Jean


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