Sofia’s question and the gift of the Fast
As Juliet was eating her breakfast this morning, her sweet sister Sofia asked me “Am a Baha’i or am I a Christian or what am I?”. The gift of the Fast is that I have been feeling so serene and spiritually nurtured that while the presence of a variation of such a question only a year ago had filled me with resentment, negativity and regret caused by the unfortunate circumstances forcing these precious young souls to grow beyond their age, I now gracefully welcomed this teaching opportunity to have a deep conversation with my 8-year old daughter. I told her that by doing her best to be a Baha’i, she can be the best Jew, the best Christian, the best Muslim, the best Buddhist, the best Zoroastrian, the best Hindu she can be. This lead to another question about how God sends religions to mankind — I answered through His Messengers. And then she asked me how these Messengers are brought to live? My answer was that each of them was born into a family of a mommy and a daddy but their Souls were very special gifts from God to humanity. And at that moment with the priceless purity and sincerity of a 8-year old one, she declared visibly relieved: “Oh, now it all makes sense” 🙂
Half an hour later, after the Baha’i children class where I sang with my girls and their friends “O God, Educate These Children”, I found myself at a table surrounded by friends with whom I have been taking a class on Spiritual Parenting — a class which has been an enormous gift to me at a time when I find myself solely responsible for ensuring that my children will grow as Baha’is — I had my own moment of relief when opening the book to read along with my fellow parents my eyes beheld this quotation:
The Prophets and Messengers of God have been sent down for the sole purpose of guiding mankind to the straight Path of Truth. The purpose underlying Their revelation hath been to educate all men, that they may, at the hour of death, ascend, in the utmost purity and sanctity and with absolute detachment, to the throne of the Most High.
(Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 155)
What a confirmation! So grateful I am for this wonderful day of Fasting, which started with a pre-dawn breakfast with friends old and new and then continued with joyous play time with my precious girls, teaching them Bulgarian and Baha’i songs, encouraging their creativity and rejoicing in their growth. May Baha’u’llah protect them, and their friends known and unknown, forever.