May your movement and your stillness be guided by the gentle winds of His Will, and may He bestow upon you the enduring bounty of being enabled to serve Him in accordance with His wish. (Universal House of Justice, to the Auxiliary Board members throughout the world, 3 January 2022)
When I first read the 20 or so pages coming out of the series of letters from the Counselors’ conference, outlining the goals of the 9 year plan and the general plans for the next 25 years, I was, as I often am, overwhelmed with the enormity of what we are being asked to do.
I’m still recovering from burn-out and not actively participating in the affairs of my local community, and it all seems totally daunting and overwhelming. Finally, at the end of reading all 4 letters, the House of Justice concluded it all with the above quote, and I immediately recognized it as coming from one of the prayers I often say and burst into tears of relief and gratitude. They understand me and my limits!
Yes, the task ahead of us is rigorous and herculean; and yes, all of the institutions are going to need our support and our best effort, and yes, it’s OK to “let my movement and my stillness be totally directed by God”. In the past, I’ve let the urgency of the plans, and the inactivity of the Bahá’ís around me, cause me to push myself to try to do it all, way beyond the point of endurance and it’s taken a real toll on my physical and mental health.
It’s such a relief to know that the House of Justice has given me permission to be still when I need to be, within the context of these plans! It’s not just Bahá’u’lláh saying this to the world in Prayers and Meditations, it’s the House of Justice saying it in the context of the next 25 years. I don’t have to do it all, and I don’t have to do it today, if today I need to rest. I can forgive myself for not being a “good Baha’i”. Such an incredible relief!
Having permission to move according to the will of God, I am profoundly grateful!
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