Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Letter to Some Children of the Kingdom

'Abdu'l-Baha and child in Haifa, Israel

I'm an uncle again. My dear sister in-law delivered a healthy baby girl early this morning, a Halloween baby. Sppooooky. I now have three nieces and one nephew all of whom have a unique characteristic, their parents are from different ethnic backgrounds. African and European, Chinese and European and Indian and European. They've been referred to as the rainbow generation with affection and pride. I was thinking of this brand new baby girl today with a smile and thought I might write her a letter and then realized that with my other niece having a birthday coming up this weekend, I should just include them all.

Dearly loved children of the Kingdom.

I hope that you all know how loved and infinitely lovable you are. Your uncle is crazy about you.
Each of you is a beautiful, unique creation in the image of God. What does that mean? Basically it means that you are like a mirror and that when you try and be the best person you can be that people can see God in you and it makes people happy and the world more wonderful. I want you to know something, the fact that your mommy and daddy look different or come from different places in the world or speak different languages is a really cool thing. Some people have not figured that out yet, but it's true. Each of you is like a little picture of the future, a future when all humanity will be united in love and unity the way that your mommy and daddy are today. You may run into people in your life that see you in a different way, a bad way. Don't listen to them, listen to your uncle because he knows what he is talking about. You don't have to chose your mommy's background or your daddy's background because you are both and also you are much more, you are a child of the kingdom. What does that mean, a wise man named 'Abdu'l-Baha said this long ago:

"These children are neither Oriental nor Occidental, neither Asiatic nor American, neither European nor African, but they are of the Kingdom; their native home is heaven and their resort is the Kingdom of ABHA."

Never forget who you are. Never forget.

Love and hugs,
Uncle Phillipe