|Posted on November 1, 2017 at 1:00 AM|
Hi! This is my #1 post for the November 2017 #bahaiblogging challenge. I am posting here on my website, and also on Facebook.
Have you ever met someone at a formal event, been asked to share your thoughts on a deep and important topic, and been stuck for words? Happens all the time, right? Divine things, as the saying goes are "too deep to be expressed by common words." ('Abdu'l-Baha) Love is such a divine thing...
"Abdu'l-Baha, who was the son of Baha'u'llah, the Prophet-Founder of the Baha'i Faith, said these words at a wedding. He had just performed the wedding ceremony - his first time since doing this service for his own daughters. Before the wedding he spoke to the bride and groom separately, and privately, asking each if they loved the other with "all your heart and soul?" After the wedding, at dinner, a guest asked 'Abdu'l-Baha why the teachings of all religions are expressed largely by parables and metaphors and not in the plain language of the people.
So next time I am stuck for words, I will try expressing love instead. It isn't easy, especially as the days get shorter and colder (yes, even in sunny South Carolina, I am cold!) I've caught myself becoming stingier and stingier. I crave comfort food and want my friends and family to comfort me, not the other way around...
Meanwhile, I just got an idea for this November blog series. Let's take a look at parables. There are plenty of parables in the New Testament, and I also want to find some parables from other religions as well. Do you know any good ones? Feel free to post your suggestions, and we can start tomorrow.
Peace and Love,