Stories about 'Abdu'l-Bahá

Mahmud: May 31 – “We have no time for amusement …”

Mahmud's Diary
May 31, 1912
New Jersey, NY

At the request of Mr. [William H.] Hoar, the Master visited a sanatorium, visiting with the friends and holding two meetings, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. In both meetings He proclaimed the Word of God and spoke of the teachings of the Blessed Beauty. Many were attracted to the Divine Voice. As the village of Fanwood is a summer resort and its fields and countryside very green and refreshing, it was very much enjoyed by the Master. But when they pleaded with Him to prolong His stay for a few days, because of the excessive heat and soot in New York, He said: ‘We have no time for amusement and fresh air. We must engage ourselves in service to the Threshold of Oneness.’ The services and devotion of Mr. Hoar and his family were much appreciated by the Master and were spoken of frequently at the Holy Threshold.