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Old 03-22-2018, 11:55 AM   #1
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Will God's forgiveness solve every difficulty?

Hi all,

I am wondering if you could offer your thoughts on the way that God's forgiveness might affect my life.

I have been ill for the last 4 years with mental health problems, and have only been working part time for some of it, for the rest of the time I have been volunteering. So my CV/resume is patchy to say the least. Recently with the help of the Writings I have come to understand why exactly I got ill, have prayed for forgiveness for the person responsible and now the negativity of having been ill has been completely removed. I am intellectually aware of it and remember it, but spiritually it is as if it never happened.

I have noticed this when other Baha'is have wronged me as well - when they have prayed for forgiveness, the effects of their wrongdoing seem to get completely erased, and I am unable to feel irritated towards them in the slightest.

What I am wondering is how in the light of this my illness might affect my career prospects. If I am unable to worry about my illness in the slightest does this mean that potential employers, when looking at my CV, will also be unable to worry about it? Do you think it will depend on how spiritual they are?

I remember that Abdu'l-Baha once wrote to someone who was in prison saying "Pray to God day and night and beg forgiveness and pardon. The omnipotence of God shall solve every difficulty." Do you think this might be the case for me too - might the omnipotence of God solve every difficulty? Perhaps I just need to have faith and not worry? What are your experiences with God's forgiveness in cases such like this?

If you are wondering, the reason I am asking here rather than just going and applying for jobs is that I am busy building up my hours so that I am ready to work full time. But my career prospects have quite a lot of influence on how I use my time now.

Many thanks for your time,

Tim
 
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Old 03-22-2018, 01:47 PM   #2
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Hi all,

I am wondering if you could offer your thoughts on the way that God's forgiveness might affect my life.

I have been ill for the last 4 years with mental health problems, and have only been working part time for some of it, for the rest of the time I have been volunteering. So my CV/resume is patchy to say the least. Recently with the help of the Writings I have come to understand why exactly I got ill, have prayed for forgiveness for the person responsible and now the negativity of having been ill has been completely removed. I am intellectually aware of it and remember it, but spiritually it is as if it never happened.

I have noticed this when other Baha'is have wronged me as well - when they have prayed for forgiveness, the effects of their wrongdoing seem to get completely erased, and I am unable to feel irritated towards them in the slightest.

What I am wondering is how in the light of this my illness might affect my career prospects. If I am unable to worry about my illness in the slightest does this mean that potential employers, when looking at my CV, will also be unable to worry about it? Do you think it will depend on how spiritual they are?

I remember that Abdu'l-Baha once wrote to someone who was in prison saying "Pray to God day and night and beg forgiveness and pardon. The omnipotence of God shall solve every difficulty." Do you think this might be the case for me too - might the omnipotence of God solve every difficulty? Perhaps I just need to have faith and not worry? What are your experiences with God's forgiveness in cases such like this?

If you are wondering, the reason I am asking here rather than just going and applying for jobs is that I am busy building up my hours so that I am ready to work full time. But my career prospects have quite a lot of influence on how I use my time now.

Many thanks for your time,

Tim
Tim I wish you well on your path in life and finding a career that will help you into the future.

The key is to consider all choices you make in the light of the guidance given by Baha'u'llah. On this journey we will always find it hard to know if the decisions we make are right or wrong. What we can know is, if we make them in Faith, is that all decisions will lead us to a greater understanding of our Spiritual Journey.

I always like remeber these three prayers

"Is there any Remover of difficulties save God? Say: Praised be God! He is God! All are His servants, and all abide by His bidding!" The Báb

"Say: God sufficeth all things above all things, and nothing in the heavens or in the earth but God sufficeth. Verily, He is in Himself the Knower, the Sustainer, the Omnipotent." The Báb

"O God! Refresh and gladden my spirit. Purify my heart. Illumine my powers. I lay all my affairs in Thy hand. Thou art my Guide and my Refuge. I will no longer be sorrowful and grieved; I will be a happy and joyful being. O God! I will no longer be full of anxiety, nor will I let trouble harass me. I will not dwell on the unpleasant things of life.

O God! Thou art more friend to me than I am to myself. I dedicate myself to Thee, O Lord." ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

All the best, Regards Tony
 
Old 03-22-2018, 03:04 PM   #3
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The subtleties of your questions are tough to answer. I can say employers look for positive attitudes, attention to detail and a can do attitude, reflect this in your CV, be optimistic and ambitious and try to find ways to speak verbally with employers and tell them how you have benefitted from your illness and grown stronger as a person and don't make to much of a deal of it you can find a job I'm sure.
 
Old 03-24-2018, 04:00 AM   #4
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Dear Daystar,

I am happy to hear that prayer is giving you strength. In that you have a gift that many do not.

My simple answer to your question is that I really don't know. Much of what is written about the power of prayer is very mystical and a bit beyond my understanding but I have learned that I am a whole lot better with it in my life!

Many years ago when I was a student I had a friend who really wanted his mother, who was very ill, healed. He joined a charismatic Christian group who promised him that if he prayed enough she would be healed and then she was not healed. Then some of the members of the group started to suggest that he was doing something wrong and that was why it was not working. This was devastating for him and caused a lot of distress. Fortunately he left the group. As a Bahai, I knew I could not promise him healing for his mother as the power to heal in this way is only with God. I gave him copies of prayer, and even prayed with him. This caused me to think about this subject.

We have healing prayers and other prayers, we use them but we cannot control the future ourselves. Throughout my life I have felt that the power of the prayers I have used is often felt in my inner calm, ability to cope with whatever better and more calmly and increased strength. Sometimes just my changed demeanour has effected a situation and caused things to change and sometimes I have just been stronger and evolved spiritually through a situation. Obviously your demeanour when you apply for jobs and go for interviews will have an positive effect.

One thing that prayer can give you is resilience to cope with the knock backs if there are any. Obviously, I don't know if you are going to apply for a job where many people are needed or if you will face a lot of competition but anyone applying for jobs has to keep going and often apply for more than one.

Having said that, a wonderful prayer is "The tablet of Ahmad"

"These daily obligatory prayers, together with a few other specific ones, such as the Healing Prayer, the Tablet of Ahmad, have been invested by Bahá'u'lláh with a special potency and significance, and should therefore be accepted as such and be recited by the believers with unquestioning faith and confidence, that through them they may enter into a much closer communion with God, and identify themselves more fully with His laws and precepts." - From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi

(Compilations, Baha'i Prayers, p. 206)


It includes the phrase

"Learn well this Tablet, O Ahmad. Chant it during thy days and withhold not thyself therefrom. For verily, God hath ordained for the one who chants it, the reward of a hundred martyrs and a service in both worlds. These favors have We bestowed upon thee as a bounty on Our part and a mercy from Our presence, that thou mayest be of those who are grateful.

By God! Should one who is in affliction or grief read this Tablet with absolute sincerity, God will dispel his sadness, solve his difficulties and remove his afflictions."

(Compilations, Baha'i Prayers, p. 210)
 
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