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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Spirituality vs? Religion

I was raised by two ministers—mom and dad—and my two sisters became ministers.

It was painfully confusing as I grew up separating the authority of family from the Authority of God.

During the 60s and 70s, new brands of “spirituality” were sprouting like weeds. I tried a couple but didn’t find my Faith ’till my 42nd year of life.

Wikipedia has an intelligent discussion of Religion/Spirituality, in which it’s said: “An important distinction exists between spirituality in religion and spirituality as opposed to religion.”

I truly wish more people could make this distinction . . .

In the document One Common Faith, this sentiment is found: “…the time has come when religious leadership must face honestly and without further evasion the implications of the truth that God is one and that, beyond all diversity of cultural expression and human interpretation, religion is likewise one. It was intimations of this truth that originally inspired the interfaith movement and that have sustained it through the vicissitudes of the past one hundred years. Far from challenging the validity of any of the great revealed faiths, the principle has the capacity to ensure their continuing relevance. In order to exert its influence, however, recognition of this reality must operate at the heart of religious discourse…”

And, to round out the post with some supremely spiritual thoughts:

“Know, O thou possessors of insight, that true spirituality is like unto a lake of clear water which reflects the divine. Of such was the spirituality of Jesus Christ. There is another kind which is like a mirage, seeming to be spiritual when it is not. That which is truly spiritual must light the path to God, and must result in deeds. We cannot believe the call to be spiritual when there is no result. Spirit is reality, and when the spirit in each of us seeks to join itself with the Great Reality, it must in turn give life.”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in London, p. 107

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