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!
The preceding prayer was written more than 100 years ago and is from the Baha'i Faith, to which I belong. The following is another prayer, for humanity:
O Thou kind Lord! Thou hast created all humanity from the same stock. Thou hast decreed that all shall belong to the same household. In Thy Holy Presence they are all Thy servants, and all mankind are sheltered beneath Thy Tabernacle; all have gathered together at Thy Table of Bounty; all are illumined through the light of Thy Providence.
O God! Thou are kind to all, Thou hast provided for all, dost shelter all, conferrest life upon all. Thou hast endowed each and all with talents and faculties, and all are submerged in the Ocean of Thy Mercy.
O Thou kind Lord! Unite all. Let the religions agree and make the nations one, so that they may see each other as one family and the whole earth as one home. May they all live together in perfect harmony.
O God! Raise aloft the banner of the oneness of mankind.
O God! Establish the Most Great Peace.
Cement Thou, O God, the hearts together.
O Thou kind Father, God! Gladden our hearts through the fragrance of Thy love. Brighten our eyes through the Light of Thy Guidance. Delight our ears with the melody of Thy Word, and shelter us all in the Stronghold of Thy Providence.
Thou art the Mighty and Powerful, Thou art the Forgiving and Thou art the One Who overlooketh the shortcomings of all mankind.
The Baha'i Faith is the newest, fastest growing and second most widespread of all the world's major independent religions. It claims to be the most recent of God's revelations, uniquely designed to meet the needs of a rapidly maturing world.
It's Founder, Baha'u'llah (which means "The Glory of God") (1817-1892), lived and taught during the very beginning of what we could call the modern age. Though He spent most of His life exiled, tortured and imprisoned by the most backward country of His age, He wrote thousands of letters and books outlining the path to a glorious new age of peace. 'Abdu'l-Baha is His son and the authorized interpreter of His writings. If you take just a few moments to visualize the world that His inspiring, transforming, and challenging teachings describe, you will see that this new millenium could be very hopeful indeed!
For more information, contact me or go to www.bahai.org and look for yourself. You may also call 1-800-22-UNITE. Chances are there is a local Baha'i community near you!