Tuesday, August 04, 2009

The Cheer Summit

By now you have all probably heard about the "beer summit" that recently took place at the White House. What you may not have heard about is the "cheer summit" that took place this weekend. The Copeland, Orloff and Rice families convened in beautiful New Hampshire to engage in the important business of grilling, paddle boating, playing pool and table tennis, and napping.The most important business was the first ever meeting of all four of the grandchildren ranging for 9 months to 8 years old. With the exception of Douglass Ali pulling his cousin Nyhla's hair during a bath, they all had a blast. The older kids, Everst and Whitney have grown to enormous proportions, while the toddler, Nyhla is talking and walking now. It was a well-earned respite for the Copelands who were plumb tuckered out from parenting and Ph'ding all year. My favorite part of course was watching the kids play together, it made me smile every time.

"Know thou of a certainty that Love is the secret of God's holy Dispensation, the manifestation of the All-Merciful, the fountain of spiritual outpourings. Love is heaven's kindly light, the Holy Spirit's eternal breath that vivifieth the human soul. Love is the cause of God's revelation unto man, the vital bond inherent, in accordance with the divine creation, in the realities of things. Love is the one means that ensureth true felicity both in this world and the next. Love is the light that guideth in darkness, the living link that uniteth God with man, that assureth the progress of every illumined soul. Love is the most great law that ruleth this mighty and heavenly cycle, the unique power that bindeth together the divers elements of this material world, the supreme magnetic force that directeth the movements of the spheres in the celestial realms. Love revealeth with unfailing and limitless power the mysteries latent in the universe. Love is the spirit of life unto the adorned body of mankind, the establisher of true civilization in this mortal world, and the shedder of imperishable glory upon every high-aiming race and nation." (Abdu'l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu'l-Baha, p. 27)