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Close one eye and open the other. Close one to the world and all that is therein, and open the other to the hallowed beauty of the Beloved.  (Baha’u’llah, The Persian Hidden Words)

I am constantly dismayed by the things I see around me – the petty feuds that separate families and lead to war, the materialism that takes people away from God and from their true selves, the extremes of wealth and poverty, the violence and abuse that destroys lives, the addictions that consume individuals, the state of politics and religion, the general state of the world and most of all, the powerlessness I feel about all of it.

When I think of how much of my life has been spent worrying about the things of this world, over which I have no control, and I read this quote, my heart is lightened.  When I open my eyes to the hallowed beauty of the Beloved, I remember that God has a plan, which none of us can know or understand but which necessitates the decline of the old world order so something better can be built in its stead.  When I remember that turning to God and pleading for His intervention can have a positive effect on all of it, my drooping soul is refreshed and strengthened.  God is asking me to close my eyes to the world, so I can see things through His eyes and to remember that He’s in charge.  This is the best way to walk through my life with peace and ease.  This is the best way to forgive it all.

Remembering that God is in charge of everything that happens, 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 Learning How to Forgive


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