Thursday, December 11, 2008

Singing the name of Baha'u'llah

Backing in September, we had a story of an individual initiative in a C-stage cluster in Florida where a believer has made connections with members of a local Christian church. Here is an update; it shouts for itself. With such receptivity and openness, it’s clear there are so many opportunities to teach!


Friends:


Results of efforts so far include one declaration after sharing Anna’s presentation, and the start—at the church itself—of a study class based on the compilation, “Bahá’u’lláh’s Teachings on Spiritual Reality”.


And here’s a teaching experience from this morning: . . .


I attended the church’s service one Sunday, and the pastor decided to speak about “angels”. The church has a large screen at the front, and I was surprised to see the word “Bahá’í” and quotes from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.


In his presentation, the pastor mentioned that he particularly liked ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s description of angels and the quote “Ye are angels if your feet be firm.” And he introduced me to the entire congregation as a Bahá’í, pointed to the name of Bahá’u’lláh on the screen and asked me to pronounce it. “Bahá’u’lláh,” I sang out joyously, stunned at the opportunity to shout out the name of my Lord in the midst of a packed church. “What was that?” the pastor asked. “BAHA’U’LLAH!” I repeated even louder this time. I was stunned. And very, very happy.


Yá Bahá’u’l-Abhá!


L

1 comment:

Grace said...

To me, a new Baha'i and a former member of a Christian church...this sounds incredible! I am wondering about how the church started a study class based on Baha'i writings. I would absolutely love to do something like this at a church if it is possible. My former pastor is aware that I am a Baha'i and we've talked about this before.