Faith Retreat Update

August 23rd, 2006
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meadow Faith Retreat Update

Last night after I wrote here, I took the book, The Bridge of Stars: 365 Prayers, Blessings, and Meditations from Around the World into the tub with me. I randomly skimmed through the different prayers and came to one that I wanted to focus on. This was the prayer that I felt drawn to:

Mention of God
Blessed is the spot,
and the house.
and the place,
and the city,
and the heart,
and the mountain,
and the refuge,
and the cave,
and the valley,
and the land,
and the sea,
and the island,
and the meadow,
where mention of God has been made
and His praise glorified.
Baha’ Ullah (1817-92), Persia

This poem/prayer was located in the “Away from home” section and, I’m not sure if it was because we just got back from vacation, or just because of all of the simple and varied images that it spoke so strongly to me. The words bringing sea were exceptionally strong, since I was at the ocean a couple of weeks ago. Beginning as the prayer does, I then thought about my house, and moved through all of the areas into the meadow.

I then thought about where the mention of God has been made in my life recently and in the past. My mind took off as I was regarding hardships along with blessings. I thought about other vacations that I had taken as a child. Travels that my sister and Nana have taken to places I’ve never been. Then thinking about the future and trips that Chris and I would like to enjoy together and as a family. Places that the both of us have always wanted to go, but haven’t been. And then I prayed that we would be able to make these trips. That our health and employment would continue. And I also prayed for the present day, being able to take at least 20 minutes to myself.

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