Five Years

From the moment we met until today, we have been blessed to have our faith, family, and friends at the center of our lives—lives devoted to service.  As the institution of our marriage turns a corner, so-to-speak, we would like to share our appreciation for each and everyone of you—for your prayers, well-wishes, long chats, supportive shoulders, visits, immense forgiveness, and outpourings of grace.  At times we have faced setbacks, as our institution is not immune to momentary breeches in unity.  Yet, for every crisis we have arisen stronger as individuals, partners, siblings, children, and friends. For those we have the privilege to call family, our human family, thank you for being who you are—symbols of God’s bounties and bestowals and embodiments of the rich diversity inherent within the human heart.

In this coming year, we ask, with utmost humility, for your prayers—that the bonds of unity and accord that we are continuing to forge are strengthened and that our union grow in its capacity to be a source of love and light in the world.

From our hearts to yours, blessings and grace.
Here is to another five years!

Bahá’í marriage is the commitment of the two parties one to the other, and their mutual attachment of mind and heart. Each must, however, exercise the utmost care to become thoroughly acquainted with the character of the other, that the binding covenant between them may be a tie that will endure forever. Their purpose must be this: to become loving companions and comrades and at one with each other for time and eternity.…
~‘Abdu’l‑Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá



When, therefore, the people of Bahá undertake to marry, the union must be a true relationship, a spiritual coming together as well as a physical one, so that throughout every phase of life, and in all the worlds of God, their union will endure; for this real oneness is a gleaming out of the love of God.
~‘Abdu’l‑Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá



Note ye how easily, where unity existeth in a given family, the affairs of that family are conducted; what progress the members of that family make, how they prosper in the world. Their concerns are in order, they enjoy comfort and tranquillity, they are secure, their position is assured, they come to be envied by all. Such a family but addeth to its stature and its lasting honor, as day succeedeth day.
~‘Abdu’l‑Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá


A family is a nation in miniature. Simply enlarge the circle of the household, and you have the nation. Enlarge the circle of nations, and you have all humanity. The conditions surrounding the family surround the nation. The happenings in the family are the happenings in the life of the nation. Would it add to the progress and advancement of a family if dissensions should arise among its members, all fighting, pillaging each other, jealous and revengeful of injury, seeking selfish advantage? Nay, this would be the cause of the effacement of progress and advancement. So it is in the great family of nations, for nations are but an aggregate of families.
~‘Abdu’l‑Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace



O Thou kind Lord!  Make Thou this marriage to bring forth coral and pearls.  Thou art verily the All-Powerful, the Most Great, the Ever-Forgiving.
~‘Abdu’l‑Bahá, Bahá’í Prayers

All Images © Lindsey Lugsch-Tehle 2015



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