“O Lord! Though we are but worthless plants, yet we belong to Thy garden of roses. Though saplings without leaves and blossoms, yet we are a part of Thine orchard. Nurture this plant then through the outpourings of the clouds of Thy tender mercy and quicken and refresh this sapling through the reviving breath of Thy spiritual springtime. Suffer him to become heedful, discerning and noble, and grant that he may attain eternal life and abide in Thy Kingdom for evermore.“
“I beseech Thee, O my God, by Thy Beauty that shineth forth above the horizon of eternity, a Beauty before which as soon as it revealeth itself the kingdom of beauty boweth down in worship, magnifying it in ringing tones, to grant that I may die to all that I possess and live to whatsoever belongeth unto Thee.”
amy sahba/left (santa ana, costa rica): Praying for spiritual refreshment, for a renewed openness of heart. Praying to express gratefulness beyond words, and for forgiveness, always.
leila/right (colorado, usa): Prayers this morning made me think about unity of thought and action; all Bahá’ís around the world are engaged in spiritual recuperation through the Fast. These are special days, pregnant with mystery and bounty. As I write this, Lupita Nyong’o has won an award for her performance in the film “12 Years a Slave”. I wonder what the result would be if people around the world, en masse, witnessed this film and spent time in spiritual reflection on what we will do, in action, about the ongoing presence and legacy of slavery and racism.