Jun 28th, 2009
. . . the human spirit is a Divine Trust, and it must traverse all conditions; for its passage and movement through the conditions of existence will be the means of its acquiring perfections. Bahai writings
This week two very well known entertainers passed away: Michael Jackson, a unique musician, and Farah Fawcett, a popular TV actress.
Two less widely known people also passed away and it is to them that I wish to pay tribute.
The first was Archie Webster, a fellow magistrate who lived in the same village I live in. When I first met him in 1982, I was taken with his broad smile and warm welcome, wise words and excellent example. He had a generous spirit, was kind and helpful, courteous and dignified – spiritual qualities that just oozed out of him as he served the local church and community. I am going to miss him a lot.
The second was David Lewis, a British Baha’i, father of my friend and colleague at George Ronald, Publisher, Erica Leith. David too had a generous spirit, was the very essence of kindness, wisdom and service, was perhaps the most courteous man I have ever met and was dignity personified. His service to the Baha’i community was unstinting. These spiritual qualities shone from his ever-smiling face. I’m already missing him.
These two men – one a Christian, one a Baha’i – shared so many qualities and characteristics, both physical and spiritual. It is a shame that they never met in this life. However, having shared their passage into the next world, I suspect they will recognise the spiritual beauty of each other now that they are there and become friends.