Prayer Station with Friends

And remember Allah’s favour unto you: How ye were enemies and He made friendship between your hearts so that ye became as brothers by His grace; and (how) ye were upon the brink of an abyss of fire, and He did save you from it.
(Islam, The Qur’an, Sura   3 – The Family Of Imran)
Put into practice the Teaching of Bahá’u’lláh, that of kindness to all nations. Do not be content with showing friendship in words alone, let your heart burn with loving kindness for all who may cross your path.
(Baha’i Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 15)

Tonight’s gathering was a lovely reminder of how uplifting can be the winning combination of spiritual food, supporting friends and banana bread. The Prayer Station was attended by a very diverse group of friends — from Iran, Israel, Ethiopia, Mali, Louisiana, Turkmenistan, Bulgaria, and a newly wedded couple formerly from the state of Washington. The selection of writings was on the theme of friendship, drawn from the Bible, the Quran and the Baha’i Holy Writings.

The musical selections were equally diverse. Just before the readings we started with Parrish and Topano’s “That’s The Way of Friends“:

Next came Grant Hindin Miller’s “I Charge You All”:

I charge you all that each one of you concentrate
all the thoughts of his heart on love and unity.
When a thought of war comes,
oppose it by a stronger thought of peace.
A thought of hatred must be destroyed
by a more powerful thought of love.
When soldiers of the world draw their swords to kill,
soldiers of God clasp each other’s hands.
So may all the savagery of men disappear
by the mercy of God, working through
the pure in heart and the sincere of soul.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá

And after the prayers, and just before the banana bread came the timeless classic of my favorite Freddie Mercury and his band Queen, “Dear Friends”:

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