Each of the training institute courses involves study of one of the books of the Ruhi curriculum. And each of these books, in addition to the units and lessons and exercises, also has what are known as “practice components”. These give you the chance to actually apply the skills you have just learned in real, tangible, on-the-ground situations and prepare you even further into the field of action. Here’s a report of a “practice component” I haven’t heard about in a while—from Ruhi Book 1! The joy in which this study circle in the Albany, NY (A) cluster carried out their “prayer visit” is clear. And now the friends are even more empowered and excited.
Towards the end of 2009, R, B, and D began tutoring a Rúhi Book 1 study circle. Over the months, months, many people have participated, and we have all gained many insights from the discussions on understanding the Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh and on prayer. . . .
Last week, the study circle carried out one of the main practices of the book: to visit a friend and pray with them. We had learned that one of our dear friends had had surgery the previous week, and she was excited about the idea of having the whole group visit her. So we went together to her house that night, bringing food, drinks, and a “Get well soon” cake. We talked, laughed, and prayed with her late into the night.
As we drove back home, it struck us that this is what community is about: supporting each other, praying with each other, and bring joy to the hearts of our friends. The wisdom of carrying out the practices of the Rúhi book, in addition to the study itself, was evident, and we will be sure to do such activities again.