Whenever an illumined assembly of the friends of God is gathered, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, although bodily absent, is yet present in spirit and in soul. I am always a traveller to America and am assuredly associating with spiritual and illumined friends. Distance is annihilated and prevents not the close and intimate association of two souls that are closely attached in heart even though they may be in two different countries. I am therefore thy close companion, attuned and in harmony with thy soul.

I think about these sentiments of ‘Abdu’l-Baha whenever I’m able to gather with distant friends in service. And it’s an especially good reminder when I miss them after they’re gone. Sure, ‘Abdu’l-Baha was writing to a group that looked like this:

Temple Committee-1

rather than one that looks like this:


but really, what’s the difference between the two, except for the fact that in the 21st century we can take the photos for ourselves? The spirit is the same, and no doubt ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s presence is too.

Friendship is so often one of those things that is built accidentally when you’re all working together to build something else. Isn’t it funny how some of the most precious things in life are formed when we’re looking the other way?

My friends, thank you so much for visiting me this weekend! “I am therefore thy close companion” until we meet again.

PS: That radiant soul on the left? That’s Fita, who makes art and builds habits over at Unrestrained. Go give her some love.