Who was `Abdu'l-Bahá, and why did He come to the West?

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

October 31, 1912 Transported with joy

En route from Denver to Chicago: a pleasant journey; friends transported with joy

Mahmud writes: "At daybreak the train was only one station from Chicago. Here, one of the most sincere Bahá'ís, Mr [Albert] Windust, who is the editor of the Star of the West, boarded the train to welcome the Master and became the recipient of His kindness and favors. The Master remarked this morning:
It is now more than two years that I have been far from the Holy Shrine of Bahá'u'lláh. Now I must return. If God wills it, I shall make another journey in another direction according to a special program which I have already thought out, so that I can proclaim the Word of God in another way. Let us see what is the will of God. Now we are traveling from California to Chicago. Praise be to God that  this journey has passed most pleasantly. At the time of leaving Haifa, I had several ailments and did not expect to cross oceans and plains with such ease and comfort and to make such a long journey.
When the train reached the station in Chicago, the friends were transported with joy on seeing the Master's face." 

This is another interlude between cities--and we can sense the great joy His arrival creates. 

The journey of this blog has been pleasant, too, though hard at times.  I am not looking forward to the farewells--and yet, another year will unfold, of refining details and enjoying the actual centenary.  So much to discover--to figure out--to marvel at! 

Our film evolves.  One day, it will be done--perhaps in time for the Day of the Covenant or for the final farewell. . . . 

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