Arlington Interfaith Prayer Station and Spiritual Conversation “Winter and Troubles of the World”

“Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this son of York;
And all the clouds that low’r’d upon our house
In the deep bosom of the ocean buried.”
~ Shakespeare, Richard The Third Act 1, scene 1, 1–4

Dear friends,

What nurtures your soul? What makes your heart tender? Prayer, music, fellowship, tea poured in peace, homemade banana bread baked with love and shared with a smile? Whatever the answer might be, sharing music and prayers with friends gets us all closer to the Creator.

Arlington Interfaith Prayer Station and Spiritual Conversation “Winter and the Troubles of the World”

“Came and passed the golden autumn in the forest’s gloomy shade, And the northern blasts of winter swept along the silent glade, When the chilly night was over, once at morn the prince of fame, For his morning’s pure ablutions to the Godavari came.”
~ Hindu, Ramayana, Book V “Winter in Panchavati”

In honor of the First Day of Winter and in witnessing of all the  troubles of the world these days, despite the preparation for a holiday season, the theme of the Interfaith Prayer Station and Spiritual Conversation this Sunday, December 21st, will be “Winter and the Troubles of the World”.

Arlington Interfaith Prayer Station and Spiritual Conversation “Winter". Photo of Rila Mountain as viewed from the train to Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, taken by me.

Arlington Interfaith Prayer Station and Spiritual Conversation “Winter”. Photo of Rila Mountain as viewed from the train to Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, taken by me.

We’ll start at 7:30 pm with light refreshments followed by reading, at 8:00 pm, of selected Holy Writings and Prayers. We have many books of prayers from different faith traditions but if you wish, feel free to bring your own prayers or inspiring writings. We will uplift and refresh our souls with inspiring musical selections and we’ll conclude with tea and sweets.

“The divine religions are like the progression of the seasons of the year. When the earth becomes dead and desolate and because of frost and cold no trace of vanished spring remains, the springtime dawns again and clothes everything with a new garment of life. The meadows become fresh and green, the trees are adorned with verdure and fruits appear upon them. Then the winter comes again, and all the traces of spring disappear. This is the continuous cycle of the seasons — spring, winter, then the return of spring. But though the calendar changes and the years move forward, each springtime that comes is the return of the springtime that has gone; this spring is the renewal of the former spring. Springtime is springtime, no matter when or how often it comes. The divine Prophets are as the coming of spring, each renewing and quickening the teachings of the Prophet Who came before Him.
~ Bahá’í Faith, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, pp. 126-127

We’ll also say prayers for anyone in need, so if you can’t join us and would like to request prayers please contact me. Please let me know if planning to attend so I can plan the refreshments accordingly.

Musical Prayer Station with Kat Key on January 11, 2015

Please mark January 11, 2015 in your calendars for the Musical Prayer Station with Katharine Key as as it will be a wonderful occasion to celebrate the arts, current events and service to humanity.

Until then, enjoy the beautiful song “Troubles of the World” performed by Eric Dozier and One Human Family Choir.

In His service,

Mitko

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