Be not in despair, but rather smile by the mercy of thy Lord; and be not sorrowful when meeting with worldly difficulties and depressions, for they pass away – and thine shall be immortality during ages and centuries, times and cycles. (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of Abdul-Baha, p. 177)
Hopeless, helpless despair is my best friend. It’s where I’ve lived for much of my life. So many times I’ve been beaten down and so many times I’ve got up again to face another day. I couldn’t find any joy in my life. I was just putting one foot in front of the other, waiting, wanting, asking God to take me home. Everything I knew about the next world sounded so much better and I longed to be there.
Finding Bahá’í Writings such as these helped give me hope, something to hold on to, and a way to start. All I had to do is allow God’s mercy to help me smile through my pain and disappointment and hurt and betrayal. As I came to obey the injunction not to despair, I realized that there was a life at the end of the tunnel but I couldn’t go there yet. I had to be patient and in the meantime, cultivate my relationship with God, so His mercy could continue to smile down on me. I needed to work on acquiring the virtues and find ways to be of service. Gradually my life started to improve. Slowly, I’ve learned to have hope again.
Letting go of despair, and trusting in God’s mercy, 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!
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