Friday, December 18, 2009

. . . and then YOU knocked on our door!

The core activities are not just portals to growth; they are also a means to form intimate and meaningful friendships. This story from Fort Collins, CO (A) highlights this aspect of receptivity—people are yearning for positive and meaningful interactions with others. These receptive individuals connect with the Bahá’í community through a variety of pathways, but for this particular seeker, it was a team of Bahá’ís reaching out and “knocking on a door”

Dear D,

I just wanted to share with you the following email from a seeker to my wife. This seeker was originally met during a recent neighborhood outreach to invite people to core activities. __ and her husband started participating in a Book 1 study circle, and their son participates in a very diverse neighborhood children’s class. My wife is accompanying a new children’s class teacher, and I was fortunate to accompany the study circle. The activities in this neighborhood are truly a gift from Bahá’u’lláh. Here is the email from someone who already feels like a Bahá’í. . . .

Subject: A heartfelt Thank You

Hi M,

I just wanted to send you a short email this morning to express my Heartfelt Appreciation and Gratitude for you and the others in giving of yourselves so freely. I cannot begin to tell you how grateful I am for having the opportunity to study Bahá’í. It is truly a gift!

I had been asking for guidance in helping my son come to a rounded and full idea of God, without all of the “baggage” that many religions bring into the mix—and then YOU knocked on our door! I am deeply grateful for that.

I had also been praying for new relationships to come into my life, relationships that would serve my highest soul, where I could continue to grow and evolve. Recently many of my interpersonal relationships have fallen away because they were not serving that purpose. But I had no idea how I could find these new relationships. Again, YOU knocked on the door and brought a wonderful group of like-minded individuals into my life! I am deeply grateful for that.

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