I did a quick count for Jeff of attendance at our Thursday night devotions for the past three months. The Area Teaching Committee keeps records of those things. Total attendance has been 25 souls. Of the 10 who weren't Baha'is, one has since officially declared. Three of those who came have been children.
We got back from an overnight trip to Eastern Washingtonin time to be able to hold our regular devotional meeting Thursday evening. It was great seeing Louis who stopped by, whom my brother had a chance to meet. As my brother had heart surgery four months ago and is still regaining his stamina, I played the "Healing Suite" by JB Eckl and Eric Dozier from the Badasht album. It seemed appropriate, although I don't think Dick's very comfortable with the idea of prayer. A prayer in musical form, Baha'u'llah's long healing prayer at that, is potent. I played three of the four parts of the suite, before finally fading out. Louis would have been up for the entire 20 minute piece, I'm sure. I'll get in the fourth part the next time he comes, I promise. -gw
O thou yearner after the Kingdom! Each Manifestations is the heart of the world and the proficient Physician of every patient. The world of humanity is sick, but that skilled Physician hath the healing remedy and He bestoweth divine teachings, exhortations and advices which are the remedy of every ailment and the dressing for every wound. Undoubtedly, the wise physician discovereth the needs of the patient at every season and prescribeth medicine. Therefore, when thou wilt compare the teachings of the Beauty of Abha with the requisitions and necessities of the present time, thou wilt conclude that they are to the sick body of the world the swift healing antidote; nay, rather they are the remedy of everlasting health. The prescription of the proficient physicians of the past and the future will not be the same; nay, rather they will be in accord with the ailment of the patient. Although the medicine is changed, yet all of these are for the sole purpose of the healing of the sick. In former dispensations the sick body of the world could not bear the strong and overpowering remedies. That is why His Highness the Christ said: “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit, when He, the Spirit of the Comforter, who is sent by the Father, is come, He will guide you into all truth.”
Tablets of Abdul-Baha Abbas, p. 538