Prayer Station for Tony Joy
Last night 9 souls on this side of the invisible membrane separating physical life and life after death gathered to pray for the soul of Tony Joy who, despite serious illness and difficulties, dedicated his life to the study and propagation of the Baha’i Faith and its teachings of unity and equality as masterfully encapsulated in Tony’s favorite book, “Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh” (Tony’s car’s license plate was derived from the word GLEANINGS).
We supplicated the Creator to assist in the progress of the souls of those who have departed from this world of pain but also to help those of us who are still here to traverse life in joy and faith.
“And now concerning thy question regarding the soul of man and its survival after death. Know thou of a truth that the soul, after its separation from the body, will continue to progress until it attaineth the presence of God, in a state and condition which neither the revolution of ages and centuries, nor the changes and chances of this world, can alter. It will endure as long as the Kingdom of God, His sovereignty, His dominion and power will endure. It will manifest the signs of God and His attributes, and will reveal His loving kindness and bounty. The movement of My Pen is stilled when it attempteth to befittingly describe the loftiness and glory of so exalted a station. The honor with which the Hand of Mercy will invest the soul is such as no tongue can adequately reveal, nor any other earthly agency describe. Blessed is the soul which, at the hour of its separation from the body, is sanctified from the vain imaginings of the peoples of the world. Such a soul liveth and moveth in accordance with the Will of its Creator, and entereth the all-highest Paradise.”
~ Bahá’u’lláh, “Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh”, LXXXI
We prayed also for help from those souls free from the chains of the world to help us progress in our own spiritual journeys. We prayed for healing — personal and as society. We prayed also for the safety of our Muslim neighbors towards whom we had reached out that morning with a compassionate word of solidarity and offer of help. We shared songs, some accompanied by a guitar and some sang a Capella and in gospel style. We delighted in sharing a home-cooked meal, tea and home-baked banana bread. Most of all though, we enjoyed taking the time to be present and together in fellowship among friends who support each other stay the course of an inspiring direction on this journey called life. I trust Tony Joy would have been delighted!