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The imperfect eye beholds imperfections. The eye that covers faults looks toward the Creator of souls. He created them, trains and provides for them, endows them with capacity and life, sight and hearing; therefore, they are the signs of His grandeur.  (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 93)

I love the first sentence of this quote, but it seems I only remember it when I am at my favorite resort every summer!  It’s easy to behold the perfections there and when something is less than perfect, it’s easy to remember all the things I love about it.  I wish I could remember it every day!

Let’s look at the rest of the quote because it really talks about the way we dwell on the imperfections of ourselves and others.  There’s someone in my life causing me a lot of grief these days, and when meditating on this quote, I remembered that we are both daughters of a God who loves us very much.  He created her out of His love for her, just as He did for me.  He’s given us both the signs of His grandeur.  I can’t make her remember that, but I can remember myself, and focus on that instead of her imperfections.

Knowing I don’t have to see the imperfections in others, I breathe easier and I am grateful!

What jumped out for you as you read today’s meditation?  I’d love it if you would share so we can all expand our knowledge of the Writings!

If you liked this meditation, you might also like my book Learning How to Forgive


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