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‘At the hour of dawn, my drooping soul is refreshed…’

Today, going with the feeling of the song ‘Refresh & Gladden’ (taken from a well-loved Bahá’í prayer, author unknown), we’ll focus on the sweeter side of our relationship with God – the lover and the Beloved, the child and the caring Parent, the river eagerly rushing to the Sea. Sometimes we get caught up in the blinding splendor of our unknowable Creator, and forget that we are actually beloved of Him:

I loved thy creation, hence I created thee. Wherefore, do thou love Me, that I may name thy name and fill thy soul with the spirit of life. Bahá'u'lláh, The Hidden Words

Here is a beautiful and heartfelt communion by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá that takes us to the heart of this intimate conversation, and seems particularly appropriate for the Holy Season of fasting.
 

 He is the Compassionate, the All-Bountiful!

O God, my God!

Thou seest me, Thou knowest me;

Thou art my Haven and my Refuge.

None have I sought nor any will I seek save Thee;

no path have I trodden nor any will I tread

but the path of Thy love.

In the darksome night of despair,

my eye turneth expectant and full of hope

to the morn of Thy boundless favor

and at the hour of dawn my drooping soul

is refreshed and strengthened

in remembrance of Thy beauty and perfection.

He whom the grace of Thy mercy aideth,

though he be but a drop,

shall become the boundless ocean,

and the merest atom

which the outpouring of Thy loving-kindness assisteth,

shall shine even as the radiant star.

 

Shelter under Thy protection, O Thou Spirit of purity,

Thou Who art the All-Bountiful Provider,

this enthralled, enkindled servant of Thine.

Aid him in this world of being

to remain steadfast and firm in Thy love

and grant that this broken-winged bird

attain a refuge and shelter in Thy divine nest

that abideth upon the celestial tree.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá

 

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iPhone photo by Joshua Homnick http://instacanv.as/homnick

Food for the Soul: 19 Days of Music and Devotion is a series of devotional songs from Badasht vol. I & II coupled with inspiring images and quotations from the Bahá’í Writings, initially to accompany the Fast from March 2-20. Please use them in your own way, and share with your friends & family.

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