“O ye servants of the Sacred Threshold! The triumphant hosts of the Celestial Concourse, arrayed and marshalled in the realms above, stand ready and expectant to assist and assure victory to that valiant horseman who with confidence spurs on his charger into the arena of service.” (Selections from the Writings of `Abdu’l-Bahá, no 208, p. 264)

One day in the guesthouse in `Akká, `Abdu’l-Bahá told the following story:

“One day in Baghdád, we went hunting with two or three of the friends. A poorly clad, sunburnt Arab approached us, riding on a camel. One of the friends wanted to frighten him off with his gun, but another one prevented him from doing so. The Arab asked us for bread, which we gave him. He then asked for gunpowder and a gun; we gave him these as well. Then he asked for a rod; we gave that to him too. Then he left us. The same person who had prevented anyone from scaring the Arab away, then said: ‘Do not look at the thin, dark and poor appearance of this Arab; he is the ringleader of a large gang and has many men. If anyone were to annoy him, he would straightaway shout out and all his men would come to his aid and take revenge.”

`Abdu’l-Bahá then continued: “Now, we are like the Arab in the desert. Outwardly we are also on foot and alone, but always our protectors in the Concourse on High are watchful over us. Any time they see us in need of help, they immediately rush to our aid and assistance.”

~’Áhang-i-Badí`, year 28, no 9

This story is from “Light of Faith” and posted with the permission of the authors.