Thou seest, O my God, how the wrongs committed by such of Thy creatures as have turned their backs to Thee have come in between Him in Whom Thy Godhead is manifest and Thy servants. Send down upon them, O my Lord, what will cause them to be busied with each others’ concerns. Let, then, their violence be confined to their own selves, that the land and they that dwell therein may find peace. (Bahá’u’lláh, Prayers and Meditations, p. 196)
I find this prayer really interesting. Sometimes when Baha’u’llah was talking to God about the many evil doings He saw around Him for much of His life, He either asks God to forgive them or to punish them, but in this prayer, He’s asking that the violence be turned on each other, so that the world may have peace. He isn’t asking for God to change their hearts or their characters, but to keep their fighting between members of their own kind.
The way to peace isn’t fighting an invisible enemy. I don’t know what a world would have looked like during the first and second world wars, if the violence was confined “to their own selves”, but it reminds me of firemen fighting fire with fire, till the two fires meet and burn each other out.
The more important insight from this quote, though, is for me to remember how the wrongs I commit every day come between me and God as well as me and other people. That’s something I can change, through calling myself to account each day, asking for forgiveness and determining to make each day better than the day before.
Knowing how to prevent my everyday wrongs to come between me, God and others, 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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