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(Haifa, Israel, 30 April)
These are the impressions of an onlooker to the announcement of the new membership of the Supreme Body of our Faith:
The humility present when the [membership of the] Universal House of Justice was finally announced blew me away. Each member would be announced one by one and would stand on the stage, head bowed to the ground in absolute reverance, these spiritual giants standing before us, now carrying a heavy heavy load, the weight of the Baha’i World on their shoulders.
Doctor Arbab briefly addressed the audience with speech which highlighted their “absolute unworthiness of this position” and reminded us that this is Baha’u’llah’s work, Baha’u’llah’s faith and that they are “just servants” of the Blessed Beauty.
(Used with the author’s permission)
The same, one might say, goes for our work as teachers!
O Lord, my God!
Praise and thanksgiving be unto Thee for Thou hast guided me to the highway of the kingdom, suffered me to walk in this straight and far-stretching path, illumined my eye by beholding the splendors of Thy light, inclined my ear to the melodies of the birds of holiness from the kingdom of mysteries and attracted my heart with Thy love among the righteous.
O Lord! Confirm me with the Holy Spirit, so that I may call in Thy Name amongst the nations and give the glad tidings of the manifestation of Thy kingdom amongst mankind.
O Lord! I am weak, strengthen me with Thy power and potency. My tongue falters, suffer me to utter Thy commemoration and praise. I am lowly, honor me through admitting me into Thy kingdom. I am remote, cause me to approach the threshold of Thy mercifulness.
O Lord! Make me a brilliant lamp, a shining star and a blessed tree, adorned with fruit, its branches overshadowing all these regions.
Verily, Thou art the Mighty, the Powerful and Unconstrained.