Prayer for Saturday (Birth of the Bab)

Today is the Bahá’í celebration of the Birth of the Báb. It is also the Sikh holiday commemorating the installation of the Guru Granth Sahib Ji, as the final Guru of the Sikhs. The nine day Hindu holiday of Navratri continues today.

The non-violent resistor not only avoids external, physical violence,
but he avoids internal violence of spirit.
He not only refuses to shoot his opponent,
but he refuses to hate him.
~ Martin Luther King Jr.

O Thou kind Lord!
O Thou Who art generous and merciful!
We are the servants of Thy threshold and are gathered
beneath the sheltering shadow of Thy divine unity.
The sun of Thy mercy is shining upon all,
and the clouds of Thy bounty shower upon all.
Thy gifts encompass all,
Thy loving providence sustains all,
Thy protection overshadows all, and the glances of
Thy favor are cast upon all.
O Lord! Grant Thine infinite bestowals,
and let the light of Thy guidance shine.
Illumine the eyes, gladden the hearts with abiding joy.
Confer a new spirit upon all people
and bestow upon them eternal life.
Unlock the gates of true understanding
and let the light of faith shine resplendent.
Gather all people beneath the shadow of Thy bounty
and cause them to unite in harmony,
so that they may become as the rays of one sun,
as the waves of one ocean, and as the fruit of one tree.
May they be refreshed by the same breeze.
May they receive illumination from the same source of light.
Thou art the Giver, the Merciful, the Omnipotent.

(‘Abdu’l-bahá)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“Peace and serenity are with me at all times.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

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