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2/1/15

devotions: differences





A critic may object, saying that peoples, races, tribes and communities of the world are of different and varied customs, habits, tastes, character, inclinations and ideas, that opinions and thoughts are contrary to one another, and how, therefore, is it possible for real unity to be revealed and perfect accord among human souls to exist?

In answer we say that differences are of two kinds. One is the cause of annihilation and is like the antipathy existing among warring nations and conflicting tribes who seek each other's destruction, uprooting one another's families, depriving one another of rest and comfort and unleashing carnage. The other kind which is a token of diversity is the essence of perfection and the cause of the appearance of the bestowals of the Most Glorious Lord.

Consider the flowers of a garden: though differing in kind, colour, form and shape, yet, inasmuch as they are refreshed by the waters of one spring, revived by the breath of one wind, invigorated by the rays of one sun, this diversity increaseth their charm, and addeth unto their beauty.

                                                                                                ~ Abdu'l-Baha

12/25/14

simple christmas

Time with family. Food and games. A few gifts. A little decor. A lot of happiness and cheer.

Small tree

A few ornaments
Handmade cards
Homemade Fudge

12/1/14

violence: a poem



Print by Roary Tubbs of Oklahoma



By the time my daughter turned 16 she lost three friends, one to a car accident and two through violence. This is her poem.



VIOLENCE

Whether we like it or not
It's a part of our lives.
And each and every day
There is one life that strives.

Long ago,
I had a friend.
And sadly enough,
Violence brought his end.

By seeing what's happening
Day after day.
I hope we can teach people
Not to act this way.

Violence is not a game,
Or a fun thing to play.
So look in your hearts
And find a way.

A way to peace,
A way to love.
Because hatred is something
We don't need more of.

I hope you all
Realize the choice.
The choice we have
To raise our voice
And stop the violence!

Sally M.




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