Imminent transitions inspire reflection. In my current meditations I am feeling just how powerful context is. Namely, as paradigmatic elements shift (e.g., people, place, opportunities for service), so too does our awareness around how such elements impact us. I must admit, I am feeling a bit vulnerable sharing these sentiments. However, the aforementioned reflections have led met to this place. In other words, I am feeling incredibly blessed to have had the opportunities that I have had, to have served alongside countless magnificent souls, and to have found support from my best friend, an incredibly loving family, and an army of forgiving, sin-covering, and trusted confidants. In short, I am blessed, unbelievably blessed.
With love and humility,
O ye friends of God!
Do ye know in what cycle ye are created and in what age ye exist? This is the age of the Blessed Perfection and this is the time of the Greatest Name! This is the century of the Manifestation, the age of the Sun of the Horizons and the beautiful springtime of His Holiness the Eternal One!
The earth is in motion and growth; the mountains, hills and prairies are green and pleasant; the bounty is overflowing; the mercy universal; the rain is descending from the cloud of mercy; the brilliant Sun is shining; the full moon is ornamenting the horizon of ether; the great ocean-tide is flooding every little stream; the gifts are successive; the favors consecutive; and the refreshing breeze is blowing, wafting the fragrant perfume of the blossoms. Boundless treasure is in the hand of the King of Kings! Lift the hem of thy garment in order to receive it.
If we are not happy and joyous at this season, for what other season shall we wait and for what other time shall we look?
This is the time for growing; the season for joyous gathering! Take the cup of the Testament in thy hand; leap and dance with ecstasy in the triumphal procession of the Covenant! Lay your confidence in the everlasting bounty, turn to the presence of the generous God; ask assistance from the Kingdom of Abha; seek confirmation from the Supreme World; turn thy vision to the horizon of eternal wealth; and pray for help from the Source of Mercy!
Soon shall ye see the friends attaining their longed-for destination and pitching their tents, while we are but in the first day of our journey.
~‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá