Sunday, March 2, 2008

"Thank you for knocking on my door"

This personal story from a believer in Harford/Tolland CT (B) highlights the mysterious connection between prayer, receptivity and the simple action of knocking on someone’s door.

For a very long time now, my husband stops at the gazebo in our town center on Saturdays and says prayers. He prays for those receptive souls in our town, for the LSA, for the friends individually and for those few that we have on our rolls as believers, but never see and can’t reach. Then he does home visits for whomever he has an address. Many times he’s not successful. Such was the case of a believer we hadn’t seen for a very long time. My husband went many times, knocking on her door without success. One time he saw a neighbor who confirmed she did live at the address, so he left his name and phone number. Another time her daughter answered the door, so he left his name and number again. Several months later I received a phone call from her. She said she had been wanting for a long time to reconnect with the Baha’is but didn’t know how. I suggested that we get together to meet and say some prayers. She agreed and came over to my house where we met and prayed. A few weeks later we had a bi-election and she was elected to the LSA. She has regularly hosted and attended Feasts and LSA meetings. She attended both the LSA brunch and her first reflection meeting this past Sunday, where she participated in and committed to several activities. She is scheduled to start Ruhi book 4 in two weeks and is already taking Ruhi book 1 with the LSA. To see her open her heart has been such a joy! My husband told me the next morning that she had come up to him at the reflection meeting and said, “thank you for knocking on my door.” These miracles are truly gifts from Baha’u’llah!

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