The first and supreme obligation of all Bahá’ís who visit the Holy Land is to pray and meditate in the Sacred Shrines of Bahá’u’lláh, the Báb and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. To receive this bounty of visiting the Holy Places at the Bahá’í World Centre is an inestimable privilege, infinitely precious to every Bahá’í pilgrim.
The visits to the Holy Shrines, the evening talks by members of the Universal House of Justice and the International Teaching Center, which discussed the question of what it means to be a pilgrim, the conversations with fellow pilgrims helped to calibrate our compasses.
O thou herald of the Kingdom!
Render thanks unto God that thou didst come to the Blessed Spot, didst lay thy head upon the Threshold of the Sacred Shrine, and didst make pilgrimage to the hallowed sanctuary round which circle in adoration the intimates of the spiritual realm. Thou didst gain admittance into the assemblage of the Merciful and didst enjoy communion with ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. Thou didst pass thy days in perfect fellowship and happiness, and thereafter wast thou granted permission to return, that... thou mightest engage in service to the Kingdom, lead the people to the way of heaven, and guide them to the Lord of Hosts. — From a Tablet revealed by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
Throughout the past years our family experienced many blessings, numerous challenges turned into opportunities to experience God's guidance.