Honour: Adelaide, Australia on Flickr.
We have so many things to be grateful for and yet, sometimes, we fail to recognize them.
“All praise, O my God, be to Thee Who art the Source of all glory and majesty, of greatness and honor, of sovereignty and dominion, of loftiness and grace, of awe and power. Whomsoever Thou willest Thou causest to draw nigh unto the Most Great Ocean, and on whomsoever Thou desirest Thou conferrest the honor of recognizing Thy Most Ancient Name. Of all who are in heaven and on earth, none can withstand the operation of Thy sovereign Will.”
—Bahá’u’lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh, p. 94
Beauty: Adelaide, Australia on Flickr.
The Hibiscus flower links two periods of service in my life, the first in Fiji and the second in Israel. Each of these countries is special to me. Seeing this flower again ties both of those places with home.
“Know thou of a truth that the seeker must, at the beginning of his quest for God, enter the Garden of Search. In this journey it behoveth the wayfarer to detach himself from all save God and to close his eyes to all that is in the heavens and on the earth. There must not linger in his heart either the hate or the love of any soul, to the extent that they would hinder him from attaining the habitation of the celestial Beauty.”
—Bahá’u’lláh, Gems of Divine Mysteries, p. 27