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A prayer for America from Baha’i founder

by CV Report

Carpinterian Jaine Toth offers these words of inspiration: “The events last Tuesday have shaken the heart of the American people and their friends throughout the world. Many have expressed great fear of what the future may hold, so it seems to me appropriate to share with you an excerpt from the Baha’i Writings that address the future of these great United States, as well as a prayer that was revealed expressly for our nation. May they help bring you all a sense of hope and healing.

“Among some of the most momentous and thought-provoking pronouncements ever made by ‘Abdu’l-Baha, in the course of His epoch-making travels in the North American continent, are the following: “May this American Democracy be the first nation to establish the foundation of international agreement. May it be the first nation to proclaim the unity of mankind. May it be the first to unfurl the Standard of the Most Great Peace.”

And again: “The American people are indeed worthy of being the first to build the Tabernacle of the Great Peace, and proclaim the oneness of mankind.... For America hath developed powers and capacities greater and more wonderful than other nations.... The American nation is equipped and empowered to accomplish that which will adorn the pages of history, to become the envy of the world, and be blest in both the East and the West for the triumph of its people. ...

The American continent gives signs and evidences of very great advancement. Its future is even more promising, for its influence and illumination are far-reaching. It will lead all nations spiritually.”

Prayer for America

O Thou kind Lord! This gathering is turning to Thee. These hearts are radiant with Thy Love. These minds and spirits are exhilarated by the message of Thy glad-tidings.
O God! Let this American democracy become glorious in spiritual degrees even as it has aspired to material degrees, and render this just government victorious. Confirm this revered nation to upraise the standard of the oneness of humanity, to promulgate the Most Great Peace, to become thereby most glorious and praiseworthy among all the nations of the world.
O God! This American nation is worthy of Thy favors and is deserving of Thy mercy. Make it precious and near to thee through Thy bounty and bestowal.

©Copyright 2001, Coastal View (Carpinteria Valley, CA, USA)

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