Thoughts of peace

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

To the editor,

The worldwide events of the past few years have been disheartening and discouraging. Wars, forest fires, gun violence, and the pandemic, all these events have caused many people to lose hope in the ability of humanity to rise above and to work together to solve these challenging problems.

But I remain confident that we can do better. We can all love each other and help each other. The divine messengers of the worldwide religions all remind us that love is the only answer.

In the Hebrew scriptures, it is said, “Shun evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it” (Tehellim 34:15, also known as the psalms of David).

Christ said: “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44).

Muhammad said: “…for ye were enemies and He joined your hearts in love, so that by His Grace, ye became brethren” (Qur’an, Sura 3:103).

Bahá’u’lláh said: “Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch. Deal ye one with another with the utmost love and harmony, with friendliness and fellowship” (Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p.15).

I offer my neighbors the following Prayer for America, revealed by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, son of Bahá’u’lláh, the divine messenger who established the Bahá’í Faith:

“O Thou kind Lord!

This gathering is turning to Thee. These hearts are radiant with Thy love.

These minds and spirits are exhilarated by the message of Thy glad-tidings.

O God! Let this American democracy become glorious in spiritual degrees

even as it has aspired to material degrees, and render this just government victorious.

Confirm this revered nation to upraise the standard of the oneness of humanity,

to promulgate the Most Great Peace, to become thereby most glorious and praiseworthy

among all the nations of the world.

O God! This American nation is worthy of Thy favors and is deserving of Thy mercy.

Make it precious and near to Thee through Thy bounty and bestowal.”

Delena Norris-Tull