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For example, you see that children born from a weak and feeble father and mother will naturally have a feeble constitution and weak nerves; they will be afflicted, and will have neither patience, nor endurance, nor resolution, nor perseverance, and will be hasty; for the children inherit the weakness and debility of their parents.  (Abdu’l-Baha, Some Answered Questions, 2014 ed. p. 57)

For those of us looking for evidence that “the sins of the fathers continue into the next generations”, this quote shows exactly how.

I grew up in a house with a violent, abusive alcoholic father and a passive, emotionally distant mother.  I vowed I was not going to repeat the abuses I endured when raising my son.  Sadly, though I was able to raise him in a home without alcohol or drugs and break the cycle of physical and sexual abuse, I still passed on the family dysfunction.

As someone who lives with a diagnosis of anxiety, depression and PTSD, I have definintely been afflicted with a “feeble constitution and weak nerves”!  I am impatient, particularly with the changes that take time, and with other people who don’t do what they’ve promised to do.  I make decisions in haste and am driven to get things done, seldom giving myself time to check in with God, through prayer and meditation.  Now that I know why, I can do something about it.

Knowing that the source of my problems come from inheriting the weakness and debility of my parents, I can have compassion for them and for myself, forgive and overcome 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 Violence and Abuse:  Reasons and Remedies      Print    Kindle

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