91: O dear sisters, ardent lovers of Bahá'u'lláh, ...
O dear sisters, ardent lovers of Bahá'u'lláh, may my soul be offered up for your devotion,
your staunchness, and your steadfastness!
The letter from the honoured members of that
spiritual assemblage, telling of the women of that
land, their fervour, their fiery love for God, their
services to His Cause, their unity and mutual
kindness and loving fellowship, their grieving over
the departure of the world's Day-Star--has reached
this afflicted one. Reading it, I begged most humbly
of our Living and Eternal Lord, to aid and bless
those handmaids at all times and under all conditions.
He is verily the One Who is near to us all, and
answers our prayers.
To us who sorrow here, there is truly no joy in life
save only the good news that the lovers of God and
of `Abdu'l-Bahá, may my life be sacrificed for the
Spot which enshrines His holy Dust, are steadfast
and firm, and that those loyal handmaids have
girded themselves to serve the Faith, and casting
aside on the pathway of God their ease and comfort,
are proclaiming the Teachings, calling souls to life,
and making sure that the sacred blood of the Primal
Point, the afflictions and the captivity of the Abhá
Beauty, the anguish of `Abdu'l-Bahá shall through
you, men and women alike, through your steadfastness
today, yield goodly fruit for all on earth to see.
I presented your letter to the Chosen Branch, the
Guardian of the Faith, Shoghi Effendi, and upon
reading it he expressed great joy and satisfaction. He
expressed gratitude to the Lord that men and
women have been raised up and are gathered
beneath the banner of the Covenant, every one of
whom, in the field of divine knowledge, can put
armies of error to flight. Through souls such as these
is God's promise fulfilled: `We shall aid whosoever will
arise for the triumph of our Cause with the hosts of the
Concourse on high and a company of Our favoured angels.'