Shield Thy trusted servants

The Bahá'í Temple in Teheran before its destruction in 1955 by fanatical clergy

A spiritual truth:

This Cause, as very Divine Cause, cannot be effectively established unless it encounters and valiantly triumphs over the forces of opposition with which it is assailed. The history of the Faith is in itself a sufficient proof of that. Trials and persecutions have always been, and will continue to be, the lot of the chosen ones of God. But these they should consider as blessing in disguise, as through them their faith will be quickened, purified and strengthened. Bahá’u’lláh compared such afflictive trials to the oil which feeds the lamp of the Cause of God

From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi in 1936

A prayer for protection:

O God, my God! Shield Thy trusted servants from the evils of self and passion, protect them with the watchful eye of Thy loving kindness from all rancor, hate and envy, shelter them in the impregnable stronghold of Thy Cause and, safe from the darts of doubtfulness, make them the manifestations of Thy glorious Signs, illumine their faces with the effulgent rays shed from the Dayspring of Thy Divine Unity, gladden their hearts with the verses revealed from Thy Holy Kingdom, strengthen their loins by Thy all-swaying power that cometh from Thy Realm of Glory. Thou art the All-bountiful, the Protector, the Almighty, the Gracious!

 ‘Abdu’l-Baha

An assurance of victory:

There is no need to fear opposition from without if the life within be sound and vigorous. Our Heavenly Father will always give us the strength to meet and overcome tests if we turn with all our hearts to Him, and difficulties if they are met in the right spirit only make us rely on God more firmly and completely

 From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi in 1925

Contact your Congressional Representatives to encourage them to take action against the repression of the Bahá’ís in Iran and the lack of religious freedom in that country. This can be done online at www.house.gov and www.senate.gov.

Photo courtesy of www.bahai-biblio.org/.

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