Let each one of you become the servant of the other; let each sacrifice himself for the sake of the other. (From a Tablet of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá—translated from the Persian, from Give me Thy Grace to Serve Thy Loved Ones, Compilation for the 2018 Counsellors’ Conference, )
I’m absolutely amazed at how creative people around the world have been since the start of the pandemic. People self-isolating are finding ways to use technology to stay in touch, have children’s classes, and junior youth programs, study circles and devotional gatherings. Because they are online, they can embrace larger numbers of people. Parents at home are more receptive to encouraging their children and youth to participate or even to get involved with the community building process themselves. People are reaching out to friends, neighbors and acquaintances more often, especially those in places where the numbers of people infected with the COVID-19 virus are high.
This week, my landlord (who owns many apartment buildings across a large geographic area, called to see if I was OK and to determine if there was anything I needed. One of my neighbors dropped off some home-made muffins and this morning, my 80-year old neighbor called to say she was going grocery shopping and asked if I needed anything. People all over the world are becoming servants to one another, and sacrificing themselves for their neighbors. Never before in the history of mankind, has everyone in the whole world agreed to take a certain course of action, for the betterment of the world. This will have long term implications and bring us a lot closer to the longed-for Most Great Peace.
Knowing the world has taken a giant step forward, 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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