True Mirrors Mended With The Gold Of Love

“If People Were Mirrors”, a timely piece by (or of?) Andréana Lefton is so beautiful and meaningful, I had to print it so i can reflect on it more later. Read it and reflect on it too, as an encouragement to be true mirrors to ourselves and others…

What if people were true mirrors?

What if a man looked at a woman, and saw himself – or at least those parts of himself he would never imagine trusting or acknowledging in the light of day?

What if a white woman looked at a black man, and saw herself – or at least those parts of herself she would never share or seek to encounter on the street?

What if a ballet dancer looked at a girl in a wheelchair, and saw herself – or at least those parts of herself that give her the courage to face injury with every practice and performance?

What if a beautiful woman looked at another beautiful woman, and saw herself – or at least those parts of herself that she doubts, fears, and fights?

What a teacher looked at a child, and saw himself – or at least those parts of himself that ache for love, acceptance, total, uncompromising support?

What if a child looked at another child, and saw herself – or at least those parts of herself that are pure and confused and exuberant?

True Mirrors Mended With The Gold of Love

We can indeed experience the beauty and bitterness of life as One, if we heed this gentle voice inviting us to truly see who we are: true mirrors mended with the gold of love, beautiful beyond… despite… because of our Japanese-pottery-like fractures!

Kintsukuroi (“golden mend”) is the Japanese art of mending broken pottery using lacquer resin laced with gold or silver and has a deeper philosophical significance. The mended flaws become part of the object’s design, and some people believe the pottery to be even more beautiful having gone through the process of being broken and repaired.
Kintsukuroi (“golden mend”) is the Japanese art of mending broken pottery using lacquer resin laced with gold or silver and has a deeper philosophical significance. The mended flaws become part of the object’s design, and some people believe the pottery to be even more beautiful having gone through the process of being broken and repaired.

Depending on the day, my vision fluctuates in its ability to zoom in on the divine in others and zoom out of my own insignificance or… zoom in on the grandiosity of self and zoom out of compassionate witnessing of others…

It all seems to be a function of my ability to see both the humanity and divinity of others and myself, which in its own turn is a function of my ability to be present each and every moment…

So that I do not miss the opportunity to greet you with Pra??m?sana: “I bow to the divine in you”!

Starting a Baha’i study circle in Arlington

I’ve been in a funk lately (and not the Uptown kind), trying to find a way to transition from the hiatus I had taken from hosting regular devotional gatherings to something new that would engage my energies and direct them towards serving our community. But I felt I did not want to do it alone so I needed the assistance of my friends — new and old. And this is where you come in!

Starting a Baha'i study circle in Arlington. Bring your own bees!
Starting a Baha’i study circle in Arlington. Bring your own bees!

Let me first introduce the Cast so far:

  • An old friend from El Salvador who is currently taking care of her impressively strong daughter after her surgery and could use our healing prayers;
  • An old friend from Nigeria via North Carolina who is hoping to start a new job in the DC area to be closer to his equally impressive sons and could use our prayers as well;
  • A new friend from somewhere on planet Earth who learned about the Baha’i teachings via the miracle of the internet and ArlingtonBahai.org;
  • My housemate from Indiana, because we need a token American;
  • Cleopatra and Wolverine from the nearby pet shelter because the internet needs more cats;
  • Yours truly from Bulgaria because of these words of  ‘Abdu’l-Bahá:
    “O ye close and dear friends of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá!
    In the Orient scatter perfumes,
    And shed splendours on the West.
    Carry light unto the Bulgar,
    And the Slav with life invest.”
  • And you, because we need an even more diverse group to solve this world’s challenges!

What is the idea? To start a study circle offering an opportunity for “Reflections on the Life of the Spirit” in the company of friends old and new alike by focusing on these three themes: “Understanding the Bahá’í Writings”, “Prayer”, and “Life and Death”. We will meet on a weekly basis, learn together and help each other in building our capacities to transform society by applying the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh.

Here is some background information about Baha’i study circles:
http://bahaiteachings.org/circle-the-world-with-study-circles
http://www.bahai.org/action/
http://www.bahai.org/beliefs/life-spirit/

Where: Because the Verizon Center raised its fees, we will have to meet in my house. Please contact me for the address and directions.

When: We will have our first meeting next Monday, May 18, 2015 at 7 pm at my house — I will have simple dinner ready so we can start the discussion at 7:30 pm. Let me know if you can make it so I can plan the meal accordingly.

In His service,

Mitko

“Let your vision be world-embracing, rather than confined to your own self.”
(From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, www.bahai.org)

From the Garden of Eden to the Garden of Ridvan

Spiritual  Conversation and Prayer Station “From the Garden of Eden to the Garden of Ridvan” – 7:30 pm on Friday, April 24, 2015

Dear friends,

What nurtures your soul? What makes your heart tender? Prayer, spiritual conversation, music, fellowship, tea poured in peace, refreshments shared with smile? Whatever the answer might be, sharing songs, prayers and inspiration with friends gets us all closer to the Creator and recharges us for the days ahead.

Purification

We invite you and your loves ones tonight to an Interfaith Spiritual Conversation and Prayer Station in Arlington, VA on the theme “From the Garden of Eden to the Garden of Ridvan”.

We will start at 7:30 pm with light refreshments and continue with a discussion on topics ranging from redemption and transformation taking cues from the natural world and the stories of the Garden of Eden and the Garden of Ridvan. We have many books of prayers from different faith traditions but if you wish, feel free to bring your own prayers or inspiring writings.

“The Lord of all mankind hath fashioned this human realm to be a Garden of Eden, an earthly paradise. If, as it must, it findeth the way to harmony and peace, to love and mutual trust, it will become a true abode of bliss, a place of manifold blessings and unending delights. Therein shall be revealed the excellence of humankind, therein shall the rays of the Sun of Truth shine forth on every hand.”
~ Abdu’l BahaSelections of the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha , p. 220

We will uplift and refresh our souls with inspiring songs and we’ll conclude with tea and sweets.

We’ll also say prayers for anyone in need, so if you can’t join us and would like to request prayers please contact me.

Please call me at 703-568-7125 if you plan on coming so I send you the directions!

In His service,

Mitko

“Let your vision be world-embracing, rather than confined to your own self.”
(From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh)

 

Musical Prayer Station “What Cannot Be Forgotten”

“O SON OF SPIRIT!
My claim on thee is great, it cannot be forgotten. My grace to thee is plenteous, it cannot be veiled. My love has made in thee its home, it cannot be concealed. My light is manifest to thee, it cannot be obscured.”
Baha’i Faith, Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words #20

Dear friends,

Have you had enough of this winter’s snow? Have the daily distractions blurred your vision of who you truly are? Then, it is time to remember not only that spring shall come but also what cannot be forgotten!

What nurtures your soul? What makes your heart tender? Prayer, spiritual conversation, music, fellowship, tea poured in peace, refreshments shared with smile? Whatever the answer might be, sharing songs, prayers and inspiration with friends gets us all closer to the Creator and recharges us for the days ahead.

Arlington Prayer Station “What Cannot Be Forgotten” – Saturday, March 7, 6 pm

This Saturday, March 7th, 2015 — the eve before the International Day of Women — we invite you and your loves ones to an Interfaith Musical Prayer Station and Spiritual Conversation in Arlington on the theme of “What Cannot Be Forgotten“.

To accommodate those who are observing the Baha’i Fast, we’ll gather at 6 pm and start at 6:06 pm sharp  with a potluck dinner (I will have beans soup ready but feel free to bring a dish), followed by reading of selected Holy Writings and Prayers. We have many books of prayers from different faith traditions but if you wish, feel free to bring your own prayers or inspiring writings.

My talented friend Ursula will uplift and refresh our souls with inspiring songs and we’ll conclude with tea and sweets.

Arlington Prayer Station "What Cannot Be Forgotten"Arlington Prayer Station “What Cannot Be Forgotten”

We’ll also say prayers for anyone in need, so if you can’t join us and would like to request prayers please contact me. Please let me know if you plan on coming so I can plan the refreshments!

In His service,

Mitko

“Let your vision be world-embracing, rather than confined to your own self.”
(From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh)

From “Selma” to Love ‘n Faith

Discussing “Selma” at Love ‘n Faith

I am sitting at a table in the cozy Love ‘n Faith Community Cafe  with a group of strangers, some of them students –current and former ones — of Howard University, and I can’t help but think of the invisible connection between the NC A&T Students’ Sitting for Justice at the Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro, NC, and these words spoken by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá more than a century ago at Rankin Chapel in Howard University:

“Today I am most happy, for I see here a gathering of the servants of God. I see white and black sitting together. There are no whites and blacks before God. All colors are one, and that is the color of servitude to God. Scent and color are not important. The heart is important. If the heart is pure, white or black or any color makes no difference. God does not look at colors; He looks at the hearts. He whose heart is pure is better. He whose character is better is more pleasing.”
~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, 23 April 1912, Talk at Howard University, Washington, D.C. published in ‘The Promulgation of Universal Peace’, p. 44-46

Discussing "Selma" with befriended strangers at "Love 'n Faith"
Discussing “Selma” with befriended strangers at “Love ‘n Faith”

We are sitting and discussing the wonderful, informative, thought-provoking movie “Selma, which masterfully portrays a not deified but human Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., deliberately considering the heavy responsibilities laying on his shoulders, as well as the difficult choices and their grave consequences he and his collaborators would face if the struggle for justice and dignity was to be fruitful.

Colorblindness is wrong and tolerance is not enough

We talk about what in the movie surprised us, unsettled us, inspired us. We talk about unity and what it means for us, and what it might mean for others. We talk about diversity and the danger of colorblindness. We talk about appreciating each other’s differences beyond the basic social expectations of tolerance.

We talk and share stories of inspiration as varied as the delicious menu handwritten on the message board of this community café which intends to host monthly discussions on race. We talk and share high aspirations as varied as the quotes of “Love n’ Faith” inspiration printed on the cafe’s tables.

"Love 'n Faith" Community Cafe has monthly discussions on race
“Love ‘n Faith” Community Cafe has monthly discussions on race

“O CHILDREN OF MEN!
Know ye not why We created you all from the same dust? That no one should exalt himself over the other. Ponder at all times in your hearts how ye were created. Since We have created you all from one same substance it is incumbent on you to be even as one soul, to walk with the same feet, eat with the same mouth and dwell in the same land, that from your inmost being, by your deeds and actions, the signs of oneness and the essence of detachment may be made manifest. Such is My counsel to you, O concourse of light! Heed ye this counsel that ye may obtain the fruit of holiness from the tree of wondrous glory.”
~ Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh, #68

His truth is marching on

Aware that talk alone is not enough, we part our ways, now befriended strangers, into a new day confident that his truth is marching on, that when the glory comes it will be ours, and we are the ones to make the dream that would change the world a reality.

Join the conversation! Let us all make the dream a reality!

Interfaith Prayer Station “Back to the Father”

“God got a gift for Christmas and it was my Daddy…”

These were the words my 7 year old neighbor told his family and there was not a dry eye at the gathering to mourn the departure of his father.  This and many other stories of that family’s unshakable faith were shared with me when several ladies — grandmother, sisters, aunts — stop by to thank me for taking care of their little boy the night when his daddy’s soul winged its flight from this mortal world.

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”
~ Christianity, Holy Bible, John 14:1-3

As the ladies embraced me I started singing the song “Back to the Father” which Van Gilmer taught me:

“I’m going back to the father, thank Him for my journey, live in a mansion, Feast on milk and honey, shout troubles over, join the heavenly choir, rest from my labor, give God the glory, I’m going back to the father.”

William — or Bobby, as he was known to his family — was a kind man who always greeted me from the porch of his house. He was the one from whom I borrowed basic kitchen utensils the day when I moved to my new house in order to have my first lunch with my girls at my new home.

Nephew of the founder of the first African-American taxi cab company in Arlington, Bobby was proud of the success of his limousine company and the trust his clients — white and black alike — had in his services. He had reliably given ride to many an important person in the area until that fateful Wednesday night — the one before Christmas Eve…

I had just come back from work, ready to start cooking dinner when I heard a knock on the door. I opened it and saw little Jayden worried telling me his daddy needed water. I rushed with him to the house and saw his father unconscious on the driver’s seat of his car, apparently getting ready to go pick his wife from the metro.  I called 911 immediately.

The response was impressively quick and when the the firetruck and EMS arrived to take William to the hospital, hopeful for his recovery I took his son to my home and the first thing we did was we prayed from our hearts — he with his little words; I chanting a healing prayer from the Bahá’í Writings: “Thy Name is my healing, O my God”.

The police were very efficient and in no time got in touch with family and friends until his older brother arrived to pick his resourceful younger sibling.  “May God protect them all and help the whole family be together for Christmas!” I posted on Facebook, asking for prayers to an overwhelmingly wide support. Alas, God had a different plan.

Later that night my neighbor’s wife stopped by to thank me for taking care of her son and told me her husband had passed… I kept thinking how we all need to treasure life’s precious moments for we know not how many are left yet each one of them is unique… 

“O SON OF BEING! Bring thyself to account each day ere thou art summoned to a reckoning; for death, unheralded, shall come upon thee and thou shalt be called to give account for thy deeds.”
~ Bahá’í Faith, The Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh, #31

That is when I decided that this Sunday’s Interfaith Prayer Station will be dedicated to the progress of my neighbor’s soul, his family and our neighborhood… Yesterday I went around the neighborhood to invite all and my hope is it will be an opportunity for this very diverse neighborhood to be together and pray together.

Interfaith Prayer Station “Back to the Father”

Dear neighbors and friends,

Please join us this Sunday, December 28 at 7:30 pm  for an interfaith gathering to pray for the progress of the soul of our departed neighbor Bobby / William and his family.

Prayer Station for Bobby
Interfaith Prayer Station “Back to the Father”. Photo courtesy of Baha’i Writings as Art: http://www.bahaiwritingsasart.com/psalm56_13

We’ll start with light refreshments followed by reading of Holy Writings and Prayers on the theme of life after death and neighborly unity.

“By the passage of time, all of the humankind are in a state of great loss, except for those who come to the correct belief and do the deeds of righteousness; and encourage and exhort one another to Truth and encourage and exhort one another to steadfast patience.”
~ Islam, Holy Quran, Al Asr

We have many books of prayers from different faith traditions but if you wish, feel free to bring your own prayers or inspiring writings.

“O SON OF THE SUPREME! I have made death a messenger of joy to thee. Wherefore dost thou grieve? I made the light to shed on thee its splendor. Why dost thou veil thyself therefrom?”
~Bahá’í Faith, The Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh, #32

We will uplift and refresh our souls with inspiring musical selections and we’ll conclude with tea and sweets.

I look forward to greeting you and praying with you!

Mitko

Arlington Interfaith Prayer Station and Spiritual Conversation “Winter and Troubles of the World”

“Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this son of York;
And all the clouds that low’r’d upon our house
In the deep bosom of the ocean buried.”
~ Shakespeare, Richard The Third Act 1, scene 1, 1–4

Dear friends,

What nurtures your soul? What makes your heart tender? Prayer, music, fellowship, tea poured in peace, homemade banana bread baked with love and shared with a smile? Whatever the answer might be, sharing music and prayers with friends gets us all closer to the Creator.

Arlington Interfaith Prayer Station and Spiritual Conversation “Winter and the Troubles of the World”

“Came and passed the golden autumn in the forest’s gloomy shade, And the northern blasts of winter swept along the silent glade, When the chilly night was over, once at morn the prince of fame, For his morning’s pure ablutions to the Godavari came.”
~ Hindu, Ramayana, Book V “Winter in Panchavati”

In honor of the First Day of Winter and in witnessing of all the  troubles of the world these days, despite the preparation for a holiday season, the theme of the Interfaith Prayer Station and Spiritual Conversation this Sunday, December 21st, will be “Winter and the Troubles of the World”.

Arlington Interfaith Prayer Station and Spiritual Conversation “Winter". Photo of Rila Mountain as viewed from the train to Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, taken by me.
Arlington Interfaith Prayer Station and Spiritual Conversation “Winter”. Photo of Rila Mountain as viewed from the train to Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, taken by me.

We’ll start at 7:30 pm with light refreshments followed by reading, at 8:00 pm, of selected Holy Writings and Prayers. We have many books of prayers from different faith traditions but if you wish, feel free to bring your own prayers or inspiring writings. We will uplift and refresh our souls with inspiring musical selections and we’ll conclude with tea and sweets.

“The divine religions are like the progression of the seasons of the year. When the earth becomes dead and desolate and because of frost and cold no trace of vanished spring remains, the springtime dawns again and clothes everything with a new garment of life. The meadows become fresh and green, the trees are adorned with verdure and fruits appear upon them. Then the winter comes again, and all the traces of spring disappear. This is the continuous cycle of the seasons — spring, winter, then the return of spring. But though the calendar changes and the years move forward, each springtime that comes is the return of the springtime that has gone; this spring is the renewal of the former spring. Springtime is springtime, no matter when or how often it comes. The divine Prophets are as the coming of spring, each renewing and quickening the teachings of the Prophet Who came before Him.
~ Bahá’í Faith, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, pp. 126-127

We’ll also say prayers for anyone in need, so if you can’t join us and would like to request prayers please contact me. Please let me know if planning to attend so I can plan the refreshments accordingly.

Musical Prayer Station with Kat Key on January 11, 2015

Please mark January 11, 2015 in your calendars for the Musical Prayer Station with Katharine Key as as it will be a wonderful occasion to celebrate the arts, current events and service to humanity.

Until then, enjoy the beautiful song “Troubles of the World” performed by Eric Dozier and One Human Family Choir.

In His service,

Mitko

Arlington Interfaith Prayer Station “Messenger of Joy”

O SON OF THE SUPREME!

I have made death a messenger of joy to thee. Wherefore dost thou grieve? I made the light to shed on thee its splendor. Why dost thou veil thyself therefrom?
Bahá’í Faith, Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh (Arabic #33)

Dear friends,

What nurtures your soul? What makes your heart tender? Prayer, music, fellowship, tea poured in peace, homemade banana bread baked with love and shared with a smile? Whatever the answer might be, sharing music and prayers with friends gets us all closer to the Creator.

candle for the departed souls
Arlington Interfaith Prayer Station and Spiritual Conversation “Messenger of Joy”

Arlington Interfaith Prayer Station and Spiritual Conversation “Messenger of Joy”

In honor of my friend, Tony Joy, whose soul has winged its flight to the hidden realms of the Almighty, the theme of the Interfaith Prayer Station and Spiritual Conversation this Sunday, December 14th, will be “Messenger of Joy”.

Tony, who most of all loved teaching about the Baha’i Faith, was so passionate about “Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh” that he authored two books dedicated to discovering and exploring these “passages from the outstanding works of the Author of the Bahá’í Revelation”. He also loved music and frequently told me how much he appreciated hearing songs based on the Bahá’í Writings.

We’ll start at 7:30 pm with light refreshments followed by reading, at 8:00 pm, of selected Holy Writings and Prayers. We have many books of prayers from different faith traditions but if you wish, feel free to bring your own prayers or inspiring writings. We will uplift and refresh our souls with inspiring musical selections and we’ll conclude with tea and sweets.

We’ll also say prayers for anyone in need, so if you can’t join us and would like to request prayers please contact me. Please let me know if planning to attend so I can plan the refreshments accordingly.

Musical Prayer Station with Kat Key on January 11, 2015

Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.
Judaism / Christianity, Holy Bible, Psalms, 98:4

The December 7th Musical Prayer Station was originally planned to be with Katharine Key but instead we ended up hosting ‘Kissed by a Gypsy’ to accommodate their travel schedule. Kat Key will be back with her musical program on January 11, 2015. Please mark this date in your calendars as it will be a wonderful occasion to celebrate the arts, current events and service to humanity.

In His service,

Mitko

Musical Prayer Station with “Kissed By A Gypsy”

“Intone, O My servant, the verses of God that have been received by thee, as intoned by them who have drawn nigh unto Him, that the sweetness of thy melody may kindle thine own soul, and attract the hearts of all men….”
~ Bahá’í FaithBaha’u’llah, “Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh”, p. 295)

Dear friends,

What nurtures your soul? What makes your heart tender? Prayer, uplifting conversations, music, fellowship, tea poured in peace, home-made banana bread baked with love and shared with smile?

Whatever the answer might be, sharing prayers and inspiring conversations with friends and strangers alike gets us all closer to the Creator and recharges us for the week ahead.

Musical Prayer Station with “Kissed By A Gypsy”

This Sunday, December 7th, 2014, we invite you and your loves ones to a Musical Prayer Station featuring a house concert with ‘Kissed by a Gypsy’, husband and wife folk duo traveling along the East Coast to spread joy through music.

We will gather at 4 pm with simple refreshments so that the house concert can start at 4:30 pm. After the concert, we will have soup for the starving among us so feel free to stay around for dinner as well.

Kissed by a Gypsy is the husband and wife folk duo of Adam & Maggie Pounds.
Kissed by a Gypsy is the husband and wife folk duo of Adam & Maggie Pounds.

Adam & Maggie Pounds, or Kissed by a Gypsy, have been playing music and traveling together for the past 2 years. It all started in their hometown of Hutchinson Kansas on the Pound’s family front porch where jam sessions went until dawn and the newspaper boy was greeted with music! Adam would beg Maggie to come play and sing (to make the jam band sound better with her voice). This sparked a relationship between the two and they couldn’t get enough of each other or the music. It wasn’t until the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival a couple years later that Adam asked Maggie’s hand in marriage under the big blue Kansas sky before they took off to live in Key West Florida. Now as a husband and wife folk duo Kissed by a Gypsy will be traveling the country in a converted Chevy Astro van to spread the light of music and the connection that it creates between other musicians, listeners, and friends.

In their own words:

“We are embarking on a new journey, traveling the country by van, camping, couch surfing, playing music, hanging out with new people, and volunteering. Our hope is to experience the country through the kindness of people and to be of service and share our gifts in whatever ways we can.”

Please let me know if you plan to attend so I can plan the refreshments accordingly. Make sure to invite your friends too as it promises to be a wonderful event!

In the meantime, enjoy the sweet song “The Other Side” by Kissed By A Gypsy.

Until Sunday,

Mitko

Arlington Interfaith Prayer Station and Spiritual Conversation “Preparing for the Advent”

“Know thou, of a truth,” He significantly affirms, “these great oppressions that have befallen the world are preparing it for the advent of the Most Great Justice.” “Say,” He again asserts, “He hath appeared with that Justice wherewith mankind hath been adorned, and yet the people are, for the most part, asleep.” “The light of men is Justice,” He moreover states, “Quench it not with the contrary winds of oppression and tyranny. The purpose of justice is the appearance of unity among men.”
~ Bahá’í FaithBaha’u’llah as quoted by Shoghi Effendi in “The Advent of Divine Justice

Dear friends,
What nurtures your soul? What makes your heart tender? Prayer, music, fellowship, tea poured in peace, homemade banana bread baked with love and shared with a smile? Whatever the answer might be, sharing music and prayers with friends gets us all closer to the Creator.

Arlington Interfaith Prayer Station and Spiritual Conversation “Preparing for the Advent”
Arlington Interfaith Prayer Station and Spiritual Conversation “Preparing for the Advent”

Arlington Interfaith Prayer Station and Spiritual Conversation “Preparing for the Advent”

This Sunday, November 30th, 2014, we invite you and your loves ones to an Interfaith Prayer Station and Spiritual Conversation in Arlington on the theme of “Preparing for the Advent“.

We’ll start at 7:30 pm with light refreshments followed by reading, at 8:00 pm, of selected Holy Writings and Prayers. We have many books of prayers from different faith traditions but if you wish, feel free to bring your own prayers or inspiring writings. We will uplift and refresh our souls with inspiring musical selections and we’ll conclude with tea and sweets.

We’ll also say prayers for anyone in need, so if you can’t join us and would like to request prayers please contact me. Please let me know if planning to attend so I can plan the refreshments accordingly.

Next Sunday, Musical Prayer Station with the Folk Duo ‘Kissed By A Gypsy’

On December 7th, at 4 pm, the Musical Prayer Station will feature a house concert with ‘Kissed by a Gypsy’, husband and wife folk duo traveling along the East Coast to spread joy through music.

Adam & Maggie Pounds, or Kissed by a Gypsy, have been playing music and traveling together for the past 2 years. It all started in their hometown of Hutchinson Kansas on the Pound’s family front porch where jam sessions went until dawn and the newspaper boy was greeted with music! Adam would beg Maggie to come play and sing (to make the jam band sound better with her voice). This sparked a relationship between the two and they couldn’t get enough of each other or the music. It wasn’t until the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival a couple years later that Adam asked Maggie’s hand in marriage under the big blue Kansas sky before they took off to live in Key West Florida. Now as a husband and wife folk duo Kissed by a Gypsy will be traveling the country in a converted Chevy Astro van to spread the light of music and the connection that it creates between other musicians, listeners, and friends.

Kissed by a Gypsy is the husband and wife folk duo of Adam & Maggie Pounds.
Kissed by a Gypsy is the husband and wife folk duo of Adam & Maggie Pounds.

From their blog:

We are embarking on a new journey, traveling the country by van, camping, couch surfing, playing music, hanging out with new people, and volunteering. Our hope is to experience the country through the kindness of people and to be of service and share our gifts in whatever ways we can.

Please let me know if you plan to attend so I can plan the refreshments accordingly and make sure to invite your friends!

Until then, enjoy the original song “Roly Poly” by Kissed By A Gypsy!

In His service,

Mitko