In addition, we know from the Bahá’í writings that man’s soul ‘is independent of all infirmities of body or mind’, and not only continues to exist ‘after departing from this mortal world’, but progresses ‘through the bounty and grace of the Lord’. (From a letter written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to an individual believer, 2 December, 1985)
This quote is a great comfort to those of us suffering from “infirmities of the body or mind”, which is possibly the majority of the population at any given time. It’s at these times when we may find it hard to feel close to God, or to take care of our spiritual obligations. How many of us feel guilty or like “bad Bahá’ís” because of this? I know I do! So it’s very comforting to know that we have a loving, compassionate, understanding God, who takes care of our souls for us, when we can’t.
I’ve spent my life trying to earn “spiritual brownie points” in order to get closer to God, so my many acts of service over the years were done from impure motives. I was like a little child trying to attract the attention of her parent – look at this wonderful thing I’ve done, Mommy – in order to earn her love. I’m learning through quotes like this that God isn’t like our parents at all. I don’t have to do anything to earn His love. It’s with me always.
Knowing that my soul will progress through God’s bounty and grace, I can relax 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!
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