Prayers for Protection as Hurricane Sandy is approaching

Anticipating Hurricane Sandy on Old Rag Mountain in Virginia

As Hurricane Sandy is approaching, grateful to have a roof above my head, I am keeping in my prayers those who might be in the path of this force of nature and hoping everybody stays safe!

Baha’u’llah, the Prophet-Founder of the Baha’i Faith, wrote in Kitab-i-Aqdas, His Most Holy Book:

On the appearance of fearful natural events call ye to mind the might and majesty of your Lord, He Who heareth and seeth all, and say “Dominion is God’s, the Lord of the seen and the unseen, the Lord of creation”.

Abdu’l-Baha, His son and appointed center of the Baha’i Covenant who a century ago traversed through North America for 239 days, wrote:

When the winds blow severely, rains fall fiercely, the lightning flashes, the thunder roars, the bolt descends and storms of trial become severe, grieve not; for after this storm, verily, the divine spring will arrive, the hills and fields will become verdant, the expanses of grain will joyfully wave, the earth will become covered with blossoms, the trees will be clothed with green garments and adorned with blossoms and fruits. Thus blessings become manifest in all countries. These favors are results of those storms and hurricanes.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 394)

The Bab, a Messenger of God and forerunner of the Baha’i Faith, revealed many prayers for protection. Here is one of my favorite ones:

In the Name of God, the Lord of overpowering majesty, the All-Compelling.

Hallowed be the Lord in Whose hand is the source of dominion.  He createth whatsoever He willeth by His Word of command “Be,” and it is.  His hath been the power of authority heretofore, and it shall remain His hereafter.  He maketh victorious whomsoever He pleaseth, through the potency of His behest.  He is in truth the Powerful, the Almighty.  Unto Him pertaineth all glory and majesty in the kingdoms of Revelation and Creation and whatever lieth between them.  Verily, He is the Potent, the All-Glorious.  From everlasting He hath been the Source of indomitable strength and shall remain so unto everlasting.  He is indeed the Lord of might and power.  All the kingdoms of heaven and earth and whatever is between them are God’s, and His power is supreme over all things.  All the treasures of earth and heaven and everything between them are His, and His protection extendeth over all things.  He is the Creator of the heavens and the earth and whatever lieth between them, and He truly is a witness over all things.  He is the Lord of Reckoning for all that dwell in the heavens and on earth and whatever lieth between them, and truly God is swift to reckon.  He setteth the measure assigned to all who are in the heavens and the earth and whatever is between them.  Verily, He is the Supreme Protector.  He holdeth in His grasp the keys of heaven and earth and of everything between them.  At His Own pleasure doth He bestow gifts, through the power of His command.  Indeed His grace encompasseth all, and He is the All-Knowing.

Say: God sufficeth unto me; He is the One Who holdeth in His grasp the kingdom of all things.  Through the power of His hosts of heaven and earth and whatever lieth between them, He protecteth whomsoever among His servants He willeth.  God, in truth, keepeth watch over all things.

Immeasurably exalted art Thou, O Lord!  Protect us from what lieth in front of us and behind us, above our heads, on our right, on our left, below our feet and every other side to which we are exposed.  Verily, Thy protection over all things is unfailing.¹

¹ The original of this prayer for protection is written in the Báb’s own hand, in the form of a pentacle.

P.S. The photo is from the Old Rag Mountain in Virginia which I climbed with a friend over the weekend, anticipating Hurricane Sandy.

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