Root out the sources of dissension and raise up the foundations of harmony. Cling tenaciously to the hem of the love of God and cleanse your hearts of any trace of estrangement or conflict. Thus may the light of divine bestowal shine resplendent, and ye become the recipients of the effulgent glory of the Sun of Truth. (From a Tablet of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá—translated from the Persian, from Give me Thy Grace to Serve Thy Loved Ones, Compilation for the 2018 Counsellors’ Conference, )
The other day I learned that someone in our community had decided not to have any more contact with the Bahá’í community. I shouldn’t have been surprised because we haven’t seen her out to anything in many years, but the comment took me by surprise and I took offense. Not only that, I began to blame myself, wondering what I might have done to cause this reaction. Suddenly her estrangement became my own. Now instead of one person upset, the numbers had doubled. I may not have caused her initial problem, but I was certainly now the source of dissension.
I find it interesting to learn the wisdom in letting go of the inner conflict and desire for estrangement. It’s so I can receive divine bestowals and become the recipient of God’s glory. To receive these gifts, I don’t have to do anything to change my attitude towards her. I don’t have to detach from my righteous indignation and hurt. All I have to do, is cling tenaciously to the hem of the love of God. I can do that!
Knowing the many benefits of clinging to God’s love, I am grateful!
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