‘We belong To Thy Garden Of Roses’

I think this is one of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s most beautiful prayers with it’s theme of spiritual revival and invocation of divine protection. I particularly like the garden imagery and the references to ‘reviving breath’ and ‘spiritual springtime’.

O Peerless Lord! Be Thou a shelter for this poor child and a kind and forgiving Master unto this erring and unhappy soul. O Lord! Though we are but worthless plants, yet we belong to Thy garden of roses. Though saplings without leaves and blossoms, yet we are a part of Thine orchard. Nurture this plant then through the outpourings of the clouds of Thy tender mercy and quicken and refresh this sapling through the reviving breath of Thy spiritual springtime. Suffer him to become heedful, discerning and noble, and grant that he may attain eternal life and abide in Thy Kingdom for evermore.

—‘Abdu’l-Bahá

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