“O Friend! In the garden of thy heart plant naught but the rose of love…”
Today we learnt about ‘LOVE’ – the kind of love that is showered on all people, whether we know them or not. We talked about how we could show love to people that we don’t even know, a stranger we pass on the street, or a new child a school. “Give ’em a grin, be kind!” “Go talk to them, and get to know them…” were some of the answers from the children in our classes.
With another 5 new children attending, we still had quite a small group and kept the two older classes together. We read a story about ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, who was subject to hatred by a man for years and years. And all ‘Abdu’l-Bahá would show him was kindness, supported him with food, clothes and even a doctor and medicine when he was sick – until finally that man’s heart changed.
To make the memorisation of today’s quote (see the title of this blog post) more ‘memorable’ 🙂 we decorated cups and planted some seeds. Hopefully, through lots of attention, watering and sunshine, they will grow into beautiful ‘roses’ of love (or in our case poppies)….
We closed the children’s class session with singing (‘E te Atua’ and ‘Tu tiro mainga iwi’) and prayers – one of the children shared a lovely karakia that he knew from school. Thank you everyone!