By Darla Schumm; Michael Stoltzfus
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I don’t want to be alone. I too long for hordes of Baha’is and drool over any reports of such ecstasies of expansion. I believe we are making a new, right order. In this great story of salvation realized, I want a place. ” The need is on me. The hunger. The longing. The desire. For what? I don’t know. Something of God. Something I don’t have. Something I have to earn. Something I have to give everything to get. I turn my feet away from campus, out into the world. Travel and Change: 1992–2000 I set out for Indonesia thinking I can readily find where to pin the tail on humanity.
I’m alive now. How do I survive now? [E]very malady aff licting the body of man is an impediment that preventeth the soul from manifesting its inherent might and power. When it leaveth the body, however, it will evince such ascendancy, and reveal such inf luence as no force on earth can equal. Every pure, every refined and sanctified soul will be endowed with tremendous power, and shall rejoice with exceeding gladness. (Bahá'u'lláh 1976: 154) Illness and Authority in the Baha’i Faith ● 33 Is this pain, need, vulnerability, dependence, and loss just obstruction, my life a long waiting and enduring till I die and my soul ascends with power and glory?
It’s because of his friends, the peer pressure,” she explained. ” His mother was in the midst of anguish and helplessness, as her son toggled between dependence and independence. Every night they see him curled up in a fetal position, heaving, enveloped in pain. But they don’t see the ridicule that he faces for not sharing a hamburger or buffalo wings or pizza, for drinking only “girly drinks,” for refusing beer. * * * Rosalina’s fingers tapped the steering wheel and her head bobbed as she sang aloud to the music blaring on the car radio.
Disability and Religious Diversity: Cross-Cultural and Interreligious Perspectives by Darla Schumm; Michael Stoltzfus