A Bahá’í’s Christmas Present . . .

christmas-tree-friendsJudy almost wanted to threaten to stay in her room all Christmas day; that is, unless her father let her friend Naquito celebrate the holiday with them…

She went and hugged her father, gave him a butterfly kiss on his wrinkled forehead, and whispered, “Please…?”

“Judy, your friend is a wonderful person but she isn’t a Christian, she wouldn’t feel comfortable here while we’re celebrating the birth of Jesus.”

“Dad, you don’t get it. Naquito loves Christ as much as you do. She just feels He wasn’t the only Messenger of God that ever came to earth.”

Judy waited for the expected defense…

“Well, little one, that isn’t a very Christian attitude is it?”

“Oh, Daddy, I love you so  much but Jesus loves Everybody and Naquito loves Him. If Christmas isn’t about love what’s it about?”

Judy swirled out of my imagination and this fictional religious exchange ended with Naquito sharing Christmas with Judy and her family. Judy’s father even ended up having more than one joyous giggle-session with Naquito…

And, even though I’m not a Christian, I respect and honor Christ so much that I wanted to give all my readers a Christmas present, a joyous, loving, maybe even giggly present.

Here’s a video from my super friend, Robin Easton, about her experience of Christmas and Daddy and… well… Watch and feel the Love!

And, here’s Robin’s Wonderful Blog.

Spiritual Quote :

“…the Faith of Bahá’u’lláh—if we would faithfully appraise it—can never, and in no aspect of its teachings, be at variance, much less conflict, with the purpose animating, or the authority invested in, the Faith of Jesus Christ. This glowing tribute which Bahá’u’lláh Himself has been moved to pay to the Author of the Christian Religion stands as sufficient testimony to the truth of this central principle of Bahá’í belief: ‘…The deepest wisdom which the sages have uttered, the profoundest learning which any mind hath unfolded, the arts which the ablest hands have produced, the influence exerted by the most potent of rulers, are but manifestations of the quickening power released by His transcendent, His all-pervasive and resplendent Spirit. We testify that when He came into the world, He shed the splendor of His glory upon all created things. Through Him the leper recovered from the leprosy of perversity and ignorance. Through Him the unchaste and wayward were healed. Through His power, born of Almighty God, the eyes of the blind were opened, and the soul of the sinner sanctified… He it is Who purified the world. Blessed is the man who, with a face beaming with light, hath turned towards Him.'”
Shoghí Effendí Rabbání, The World Order of Baha’u’llah, p. 185

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8 thoughts on “A Bahá’í’s Christmas Present . . .

  1. Dear dear Alex, I am so shocked and honored by this. Before I even saw the video here I loved the story of the little girl, her dad and her non-Christian friend. Such a POTENT message in your words: “Oh, Daddy, I love you so much but Jesus loves Everybody and Naquito loves Him. If Christmas isn’t about love what’s it about?”

    Yes, the key is LOVE. We can often become caught up in the technicalities of our “supposed” differences and miss the bigger truth, which I believe is Love. Love that can heal and bind us all, and yet allow our differences and each our uniqueness. I think your message here is one that is overlooked as “simple” or too often cast aside. And yet, I believe it to be one of the most powerful messages in the world today. It is one I choose to live my life by all year long. I find it an easy truth for me, one that creates great peace in my life.

    Thank you my good friend for this joyous gift. It’s made my whole day. I really am touched by ALL of it. Have a wonderful holiday season no matter how you celebrate it. You’ve brought a lot of joy and inspiration into my life.

    Hugs and warm wishes,
    Robin

  2. Robin,

    Since Love is Light, “…your message here is one that is overlooked as ‘simple’ or too often cast aside.”, must mean that the perception of seeming simpleness and the casting aside occur in the Dark. So…

    “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

    (King James Bible, Matthew 5:16)

  3. Over my lifetime thus far, I feel fortunate to have made friends and acquaintances of many relgious orientations. The common thread is love. Each person senses what it is and feels connected by it. This is timeless, renewing light.

  4. Dear Liara,

    I feel moved to share one of my favorite spiritual quotes:

    “Have full assurance that love is the mystery of the appearance of God; that love is the divine aspect of God; that love is spiritual grace; that love is the light of the Kingdom; that love is as the breath of the Holy Spirit in the spirit of man. Love is the cause of the manifestation of truth in the material world. Love is the essential bond of union which exists between God and all things in their ultimate reality. Love is the source of the greatest happiness of the material and the spiritual worlds. Love is the light by which man is guided in the midst of darkness. Love is the communication between truth and man in the realm of consciousness. Love is the means of growth for all who are enlightened.

    “Love is the highest law in this great universe of God. Love is the law of order between simple essences, whereby they are apportioned and united into compound substances in this world of matter. Love is the essential and magnetic power that organizes the planets and the stars which shine in infinite space. Love supplies the impulse to that intense and unceasing meditation which reveals the hidden mysteries of the universe.

    “Love is the highest honor for all the nations of men. To that people in whom God causes love to appear the Supreme Concourse, the angels of heaven, and the hosts of the kingdom of the Glorious One make salutation. When the hearts of a people are void of this Divine power — of the love of God — they will descend to the lowest estate of mortals, they will wander in the desert of error, they will fall into the slough of despair and there is no deliverance for them. They become like worms which delight in groveling in the earth.

    “O friends of God! be ye manifestations of the love of God and lamps of guidance in all horizons, shining by the light of love and harmony.”

    ‘Abdu’l-Baha, Baha’i Scriptures, p. 435

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