Thursday, March 04, 2010

Fast Bloggin' Day 3

THOU knowest full well, O my God, that tribulations have showered upon me from all directions and that no one can dispel or transmute them except Thee. I know of a certainty, by virtue of my love for Thee, that Thou wilt never cause tribulations to befall any soul unless Thou desirest to exalt his station in Thy celestial Paradise and to buttress his heart in this earthly life with the bulwark of Thine all-compelling power, that it may not become inclined toward the vanities of this world. Indeed Thou art well aware that under all conditions I would cherish the remembrance of Thee far more than the ownership of all that is in the heavens and on the earth. (The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 214)

My fast is broken and my son is sleeping next to me. Breaking the fast with a toddler without the benefit of your co-parent being there to help is no easy endeavor, let me tell ya. I considered waiting until he went to sleep but thought I would be pushing my luck. We both managed to get through it though. Today was not quite so tough as the last couple of days. I've got a great team of close friends out there praying for me and mine. I think it's working.

This morning I was strangely not hungry so just ended up eating two bananas and drinking some apple juice and a little lemonade. My son was not feeling well and I spent part of the morning with him and then headed off to this class I'm taking about teaching and learning. Part of the class involves having the students teach a section and I got to present what I was assigning to the other students for the section I'm going to teach. It's about critical thinking. I might have to let you know how it goes if you're interested.

On my way to class I recited a couple of Tablets of Ahmad and Remover of Difficulties as I walked down the street. They always come in handy during tough times.

That's it for now. More tomorrow.

"Even though outwardly the Fast is difficult and toilsome, yet inwardly it is bounty and tranquillity. Purification and training are conditioned and dependent only on such rigorous exercises as are in accord with the Book of God and sanctioned by Divine law, not those which the deluded have inflicted upon the people. Whatsoever God hath revealed is beloved of the soul. We beseech Him that He may graciously assist us to do that which is pleasing and acceptable unto Him." (Compilations, The Importance of Obligatory Prayer and Fasting)


  1. Memorization is a mighty aid indeed! Glad you were able to draw on the transformative power of prayer while walking to class. This small comment is just a request to hear more about your experience teaching the section on critical thinking.

  2. Anonymous5:00 PM

    Just wishing you a blessed continuation of the Fast from Amsterdam.
    My first Fast was more than 20 years ago. Struggling in the first years, even abandoning it for years, last several years I have been looking forward to this period. It is also a physical balm, giving my body a time-out for having to deal with all kinds of stuff I usually choose to ingest during the day. It's purifying. Next to that, it is also an experience of solidarity ;-)


  3. Marie3:24 PM

    I love your blogs and read them regularly. I'm going to be 77 yrs, this month and don't have to fast, but try to fast on days that I can. Today is one of those days and reading your blog and the quotes you include is an inspiration to me as I pursue my intention to fast today. I was up very early - ate two oranges and some walnuts and then went back to bed for a long morning nap. Now I feel rejuvenated and ready for a great afternoon.
    Regards, Marie