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!