Those who have ascended have different attributes from those who are still on earth, yet there is no real separation. In prayer there is a mingling of station, a mingling of condition. Pray for them as they pray for you!
O Thou Pure and Omnipotent God! O Thou my kind Lord! Grant me such power as to enable me to withstand the onslaught of the peoples and kindreds of the world, and give me such might as to cause the waves of my endeavours, like unto the Pacific Ocean, to reach the shores of both East and West.
My God, Whom I worship and adore! I bear witness unto Thy unity and Thy oneness, and acknowledge Thy gifts, both in the past and in the present. Thou art the All-Bountiful, the overflowing showers of Whose mercy have rained down upon high and low alike, and the splendors of Whose grace have been shed over both the obedient and the rebellious.
Thou seest, O my Lord, this wretched creature knocking at the door of Thy grace, and this evanescent soul seeking the river of everlasting life from the hands of Thy bounty. Thine is the command of all things, O Thou Who art the Lord of all names; and mine is resignation and willing submission to Thy Will, O Creator of the heavens.
I beg Thee to forgive me, O my Lord, for every mention but the mention of Thee, and for every praise but the praise of Thee, and for every delight but delight in Thy nearness, and for every pleasure but the pleasure of communion with Thee, and for every joy but the joy of Thy love and of Thy good-pleasure, and for all things pertaining unto me which bear no relationship unto Thee, O Thou Who art the Lord of lords, He Who provideth the means and unlocketh the doors.
Former gang members and drug addicts pray with nuns from a Catholic shelter in a low-income neighbourhood in Monterrey. In just four years, Monterrey, a manufacturing city of 4 million people has gone from being a model for developing economies to a symbol of Mexico’s drug war chaos, sucked down into a dark spiral of gangland killings, violent crime and growing lawlessness
Chur; NZ born white girl, Kohanga-reo & rural China raised laowai girl. Home schooled, running wild through the urban sprawl of Jingmen, Zhongxiang, Xianning, Tianjin. Barefoot in the squalor, feasting on watermellon, leaving only a trail of black seeds, drying. Brom fan-girl, desiring only MTG pinups, and being able to create such art. And, IB educated anti-culture rebel, spitting through her teeth at hypocrisy.
Adherent to the Faith of discovery, my faith lies in the Baha'i Faith. And to this I bear witness, created to change, bound by a Covenant established beyond time, the promised day has arrived - wherein Heaven on Earth is a DIY job - we've been given the blueprint, we (though aided by the angels and Divine Concourse on High) must arise and sacrifice to bring it about.
Change is waiting on us. Each other, we're counting on us. Believe it's possible, because the time has COME.