O Thou Provider, O Thou Forgiver! A noble soul hath ascended unto the Kingdom of reality, and hastened from the mortal world of dust to the realm of everlasting glory. Exalt the station of this recently arrived guest, and attire this long-standing servant with a new and wondrous robe. O Thou Peerless Lord! Grant Thy forgiveness and tender care so that this soul may be admitted into the retreats of Thy mysteries and may become an intimate companion in the assemblage of splendours. Thou art the Giver, the Bestower, the Ever-Loving. Thou art the Pardoner, the Tender, the Most Powerful. (‘Abdu’l-Baha, Prayers of ‘`Abdu’l-Bahá, trainslated at the Bahá’í World Centre March 2021, #11)
As someone who has spent a lifetime trying to earn God’s love through good behavior and following all the rules, saying this prayer out loud lowers my anxiety and assures me of God’s absolute love and forgiveness.
I forget sometimes that one of the names of God is “the Forgiver” or the ever-Forgiving”, expecting Him to be the “Judge”, the “Wrathful” and the “Punishing”. I know He is all these things too, because we need to know both the love of God and the fear of God, but I have the fear of God down pat. Now I need to learn about and remember the love of God.
Imagine! God sees me as noble and as a long-standing servant. I want to see myself as noble and I yearn for God to see my decades of loyal and faithful service. I want Him to magnify my puny efforts. I want His forgiveness and tender care, so that I can be admitted into the retreats of His mysteries and become an intimate companion. When I say this prayer for friends who have recently passed away, I imagine saying it for my future self. I hope that someone will say it for me.
In the meantime, it’s a good reminder of all the good that God has in store for me, and I am grateful!
What jumped out for you as you read today’s meditation? I’d love it if you would share so we can all expand our knowledge of the Writings!
If you liked this meditation, you might also like my book Learning How to Forgive