prayers/readings for study
The source of courage and power is the promotion of the Word of God, and steadfastness in His Love. (Bahá’u’lláh)
- The stories of Ruhu’llah, Badi, or Tahirih would be quite adaptable to this lesson.
- Ruhi Book 3, Grade 1 also tells the story of ‘Ali-‘Askar, a Persian Baha’i merchant, who courageously stands up for his principles.
- “Source of Courage”, from Ruhi Book 3, Grade 1.
- “Courage”, from Geneviève Labbé’s album Sunshine in You.
- “True or False”–children line up in a row, side by side. Make a statement about a well-known subject; if the statement is true, children must advance by one step, and if it is false, they must retreat by one step. Each time, allow the children to choose between “true” and “false”.
“The Blessed Beauty often remarked; ‘There are four qualities which I love to see manifested in people: first, enthusiasm and courage; second, a face wreathed in smiles and a radiant countenance; third, that they see with their own eyes and not through the eyes of others; fourth, the ability to carry a task once begun, through to its end’.” (Stories of Baha’u’llah, compiled by ‘Ali Akbar Furutan, p.51.)
“…The invisible hosts of the Kingdom are ready and eager to rush forth to the assistance of such as will have the courage to weigh the issues involved and to take the decision commensurate with these issues.” (From a letter dated September 6, 1949 to the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of British Isles; in Shoghi Effendi, Unfolding Destiny, p. 233)
“…the sustaining grace promised to all those who will arise, with single-mindedness, courage, dedication and high resolve, to aid in the attainment of these noble objectives, is of such potency that no earthly power can resist the ultimate fulfillment of so glorious a task, or even delay its eventual fruition.” (From a letter dated June 27, 1957 to the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of New Zealand in Arohanui: Letters from Shoghi Effendi to New Zealand).
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