Middle east bomber takes out dozen of school children: Local columnist sees red, publishes a prayer

By Gordy Arlin, a Bahá’í of Mukilteo | Oct 16, 2013

“The present day order is lamentably defective.” (Bahá’u’lláh)

My newspaper today was dominated by the current economic shutdown. Buried on the lower right corner of page 5 was a tiny blurb reporting the massacre of many school children by a terrorist bomber. I fear that we are becoming inured to these abominable horrors.

Please bear with me while I vent. Additionally, I ask you to please join me in a prayer.

The Scriptures of the world’s great religions have promised us yet another Prophet of God, a divinely empowered World Redeemer. This advent is to be followed by a challenging period that is commonly referred to as the “end times.”

The advent of this promised Manifestation of God occurred in the mid-19th century in Persia (now Iran) in the person of Bahá’u’lláh (Arabic for “the Glory of God”), the Prophet-Founder of the Baha’i Faith.

Today, right now, we are enduring the “end times.” Look around. Turn on the 6 o’clock news. The world is in an overwhelmingly catastrophic condition.

Only the Hand of God can ameliorate this horrific bloodletting. What we can easily do is pray (“You have not because you ask not.” – God). Here is an extraordinary prayer revealed by God for exactly these circumstances:

“O God, my God! Thou seest how black darkness is enshrouding all regions, how all countries are burning with the flame of dissension, and the fire of war and carnage is blazing throughout the East and the West. Blood is flowing, corpses bestrew the ground, and severed heads are fallen on the dust of the battlefield.

“O Lord! Have pity on these ignorant ones, and look upon them with the eye of forgiveness and pardon. Extinguish this fire, so that these dense clouds which obscure the horizon may be scattered, the Sun of Reality shine forth with the rays of conciliation, this intense gloom be dispelled and the resplendent light of peace shed its radiance upon all countries.

“O Lord! Draw up the people from the abyss of the ocean of hatred and enmity, and deliver them from this impenetrable darkness. Unite their hearts, and brighten their eyes with the light of peace and reconciliation. Deliver them from the depths of war and bloodshed, and free them from the darkness of error. Remove the veil from their eyes, and enlighten their hearts with the light of guidance. Treat them with Thy tender mercy and compassion, and deal not with them according to Thy justice and wrath which cause the limbs of the mighty to quake.

“O Lord! Wars have persisted. Distress and anxiety have waxed great, and every flourishing region is laid waste.

“O Lord! Hearts are heavy, and souls are in anguish. Have mercy on these poor souls, and do not leave them to the excesses of their own desires.

“O Lord! Make manifest in thy lands humble and submissive souls, their faces illumined with the rays of guidance, severed from the world, extolling Thy Name, uttering Thy praise, and diffusing the fragrance of Thy holiness amidst mankind.

“O Lord! Strengthen their backs, gird up their loins, and enrapture their hearts with the most mighty signs of Thy love.

“O Lord! Verily, they are weak, and Thou art the Powerful and the Mighty; they are impotent, and Thou art the Helper and the Merciful.

“O Lord! The ocean of rebellion is surging, and these tempests will not be stilled save through Thy boundless grace which hath embraced all regions.

“O Lord! Verily, the people are in the abyss of passion, and naught can save them but thine infinite bounties.

“O Lord! Dispel the darkness of these corrupt desires, and illumine the hearts with the lamp of Thy love through which all countries will erelong be enlightened.

“Verily, Thou art the Most Generous, the Lord of grace abounding, and, verily, Thou art the Compassionate and the Merciful.” (from the Baha’i Prayers)

Thank you, dear Father, for avenues of petition and prayer.

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