Istjlál, 05 ‘Núr (Light), 179 B.E


The landscaping at the medical facility also includes Canadian serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis).

Wikipedia notes, “It is used as a medicinal plant, food, and ornamental plant. It is sometimes made into bonsai.” Seems like an ideal planting. Hmm. Maybe I’ll get one and set it out…


My favorite uncle was a life-long farmer. He was witty, fun to be around, even-tempered, loved playing old fashioned games like dominoes, pitch, and checkers—I really liked being around him, and vice-versa. He cleverly blended teaching me new skills with playing practical jokes on me as part of the “lesson plan” so I wouldn’t forget. The outcomes were applicable throughout my life. It’s probably a good thing he was over half a century older than me otherwise had he been closer to me in age there’s no telling what shenanigans we would have gotten into.

He “retired” from full-time farming when I was in my mid-teens and shortly afterward took a part-time job as a third-shift night watchman for the same company where his son was a truck driver. We received word that he had been taken to the hospital after a fellow worker found him unconscious by a pile of boxes under a window. No one knows what happened, but it appeared he had climbed onto the boxes to check that the window was secure, lost his balance, fell to floor, and got a bump on his head. When we visited him he seemed be recovering, but once home there were noticeable changes. Gone was the personality that made him so endearing only to be replaced by someone I didn’t know and didn’t particularly like—it was as though he had been invaded by a bodysnatcher. But when reading this, “Behavior Changes After Stroke: Causes & Treatment” some fifty years later, I wonder…


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At a time when warfare and strife prevailed among nations, when enmity and hatred separated sects and denominations and human differences were very great, Bahá’u’lláh appeared upon the horizon of the East, proclaiming the oneness of God and the unity of the world of humanity. He promulgated the teaching that all mankind are the servants of one God; that all have come into being through the bestowal of the one Creator; that God is kind to all, nurtures, rears and protects all, provides for all and extends His love and mercy to all races and people. Inasmuch as God is loving, why should we be unjust and unkind? As God manifests loyalty and mercy, why should we show forth enmity and hatred? Surely the divine policy is more perfect than human plan and theory; for no matter how wise and sagacious man may become, he can never attain a policy that is superior to the policy of God. Therefore, we must emulate the attitude of God, love all people, be just and kind to every human creature. We must consider all as the leaves, branches and fruit of one tree, children of one household; for all are the progeny of Adam. We are waves of one sea, grass of the same meadow, stars in the same heaven; and we find shelter in the universal divine Protector. If one be sick, he must be treated; the ignorant must be educated; the sleeping must be awakened; the dead must be quickened with life. These were principles of the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh. 1

  1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 174. [return]