God, in His never-ending love for us, has given us laws and teachings to live by. These laws and teachings are like lamps that light our way and help us see how He wants us to live. As we obey His commandments, we grow closer to Him; otherwise, we become lost in darkness and lose our way. Our love for Him moves us to obey His laws and to act in ways that are pleasing to Him. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s love for God was so strong that it was the cause of everything He did: praying, visiting the sick and needy, helping and inspiring others, and more. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá once said, “Nothing is too much trouble when one loves, and there is always time.”
prayers/readings for study
“The Tongue of My power hath, from the heaven of My omnipotent glory, addressed to My creation these words: ‘Observe My commandments, for the love of My beauty.'” (Bahá’u’lláh)
- Ḥájí Muḥammad goes to Arabia, from Ruhi Book 3, Grade 2, Lesson 5. Ḥájí Muḥammad goes to Arabia at Bahá’u’lláh’s bidding. Though he does not know the purpose of his trip, he trusts in God’s unfailing protection, even when a dangerous storm strikes on the open seas. When he arrives, he is led toward those he was meant to help, and brings them safely back to the Holy Land for their pilgrimage.
- “My Love Is My Stronghold”, from Ruhi Book 3. Check out the version performed by David Hunt.
- You could also sing “Love, Love, Love” since this set has to do with God’s love for us; see again David Hunt’s version.
- Draw Ḥájí Muḥammad on the ship to Arabia along with the passengers.
- Maze: Observing God’s commandments. “Out of His infinite love, God has given us laws and teachings to live by. These laws and teachings are like lamps that light our way along His path. Find your way to the fortress of God’s love. Use the lamps to find the way.”
- Freeze & Think: Have the children walk around the room without bumping into each other, and periodically yell “freeze”, at which point they must stop in their tracks and hold their pose. Each time, pick one of the children and ask them, “What are you doing?” The child must answer with something that corresponds to her pose; for example, if she is frozen in place with both hands in the air, she might answer, “I’m lifting weights,” or “I’m getting books from the top shelf.” Repeat until each child has had a turn.
- Have the children act out a version of Ḥájí Muḥammad’s voyage to Arabia.
“Indeed, the laws of God are like unto the ocean and the children of men as fish, did they but know it.” (Baha’u’llah, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 5)
“O ye peoples of the world! Know assuredly that My commandments are the lamps of My loving providence among My servants, and the keys of My mercy for My creatures.” (Baha’u’llah, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 19)
“The first duty prescribed by God for His servants is the recognition of Him Who is the Dayspring of His Revelation and the Fountain of His laws, Who representeth the Godhead in both the Kingdom of His Cause and the world of creation. Whoso achieveth this duty hath attained unto all good; and whoso is deprived thereof hath gone astray, though he be the author of every righteous deed. It behoveth every one who reacheth this most sublime station, this summit of transcendent glory, to observe every ordinance of Him Who is the Desire of the world. These twin duties are inseparable. Neither is acceptable without the other. Thus hath it been decreed by Him Who is the Source of Divine inspiration.” (Baha’u’llah, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 19)
“In all these journeys the traveler must stray not the breadth of a hair from the “Law,” for this is indeed the secret of the “Path” and the fruit of the Tree of “Truth”; and in all these stages he must cling to the robe of obedience to the commandments, and hold fast to the cord of shunning all forbidden things, that he may be nourished from the cup of the Law and informed of the mysteries of Truth.” (Baha’u’llah, The Seven Valleys, p. 39)
“Nothing is too much trouble when one loves, and there is always time.” (‘Abdu’l-Bahá)