I have been reflecting lately on the challenges of hosting devotional gatherings like the Prayer Station taking place at my home. Having prayed and meditated on what could be the cause for the disappointing results, having consulted with friends and having visited gatherings that truly uplift my spirit, my conclusion was a simple one: with my well-intentioned emphasis on food, hospitality and providing an opportunity for intellectual discourse, I had neglected the one element that truly nurtures the soul — the devotional character of the meeting.
There is no fast soul food!
Sitting today for prayers during lunch break with a Baha’i co-worker of mine, I observed how comforting it was to recite the Divine Words of the Manifestation of God. There is simply no better alternative to feeding a neglected soul than with the Verses of God. No matter how many shortcuts and fast ‘solutions’ the ease of modern life offers, the hunger of the heart stays — that is, unless the “heart is replenished with the spirit of the love of God”. Live and learn…
So, it is with new determination that I invite you to a gathering which will hopefully replenish our spirits. Please join me at my home on Monday, October 19th, 2015 for a Prayer Station devoted to purity and cleanliness, healing from addiction, freedom from evil habits, and service to the Lord!
O Divine Providence! Bestow Thou in all things purity and cleanliness upon the people of Bahá. Grant that they be freed from all defilement, and released from all addictions. Save them from committing any repugnant act, unbind them from the chains of every evil habit, that they may live pure and free, wholesome and cleanly, worthy to serve at Thy Sacred Threshold and fit to be related to their Lord. Deliver them from intoxicating drinks and tobacco, save them, rescue them, from this opium that bringeth on madness, suffer them to enjoy the sweet savors of holiness, that they may drink deep of the mystic cup of heavenly love and know the rapture of being drawn ever closer unto the Realm of the All-Glorious. For it is even as Thou hast said: “All that thou hast in thy cellar will not appease the thirst of my love—bring me, O cupbearer, of the wine of the spirit a cup as full as the sea!”
~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, 129.12
Arlington Prayer Station and Interfaith Spiritual Conversation “Purity and Cleanliness”
We will start at 7 pm with a simple dinner and continue with prayers, Holy Writings from different Faith traditions, and a friendly conversation on how we can be worthy of service at the Sacred Threshold and fit to be related to the Lord. We will uplift and refresh our souls with inspiring songs and we’ll conclude with tea and sweets.
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.
“Let your vision be world-embracing, rather than confined to your own self.”
(From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh)