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In addition to teaching every believer can pray. Every believer can strive to make his “own inner life and private character mirror forth in their manifold aspects the splendour of those eternal principles proclaimed by Bahá’u’lláh. Every believer can contribute to the Fund. Not all believers can give public talks, not all are called upon to serve on administrative institutions. But all can pray, fight their own spiritual battles, and contribute to the Fund. If every believer will carry out these sacred duties, we shall be astonished at the accession of power which will result to the whole body, and which in its turn will give rise to further growth and the showering of greater blessings on all of us.  (The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 43)

As I get older and less able to take on all the responsibilities, I was able to carry out when I was younger, I frequently feel inadequate in my teaching and service as a homefront pioneer in an inactive cluster, especially when the needs of the Faith are so urgent.  I judge myself harshly and mercilessly because of it, and then beat myself up for that too.  When I came across this reading, I found it both timely and very comforting.  Thank you, God, for giving me exactly what I need, when I need it most!

I’m grateful the House of Justice acknowledges that not all of us can give public talks or serve on administrative institutions. But I can pray.  I can fight my own spiritual battles, and I can contribute to the Fund, especially to deputize those who are on the forefront of the community building process.

Knowing that doing these simple things will give rise to further growth and shower greater blessings on all of us, 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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