O Lord! In this Most Great Dispensation Thou dost accept the intercession of children in behalf of their parents. This is one of the special infinite bestowals of this Dispensation. Therefore, O Thou kind Lord, accept the request of this Thy servant at the threshold of Thy singleness and submerge his father in the ocean of Thy grace, because this son hath arisen to render Thee service and is exerting effort at all times in the pathway of Thy love. Verily, Thou art the Giver, the Forgiver and the Kind! (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í Prayers (US Edition), p. 65)
In the days when I was so angry with my parents for the abuse they perpetrated on me as an adult, and their choice not to talk to me about it; in the days when I couldn’t forgive, I found this prayer that I could use, remembering that the Bab had promised that:
Thousand upon thousand of what thou hast asked for thy parents shall be thy recompense! (Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 217).
Although I wasn’t yet ready to forgive, I knew that I could ask God to forgive them for me, and that it would benefit me as well as them. That’s what was in my heart, when I was saying this prayer.
I like using this prayer because it reminds me:
- God accepts our intercession in behalf of our parents
- Asking for God’s forgiveness for my parents is one of His special infinite bestowals
- The service and efforts I make will submerge them in the Ocean of His grace
- God is the Giver, the Forgiver and the Kind (for both me and my parents)
Knowing that when I use this prayer, God will also forgive me, and submerge me in the Ocean of His grace, 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!
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