Prayer for America on this Election Day

Election Day voting linesHave a look at this image, multiply the number of people x 6 and you get a sense of why I have never seen line this long in the USA – a line of people waiting peacefully to vote. And even though I found the offers by different party representatives to show me a sample ballot to be intellectually offensive (how about a respect for each individual’s search for truth?), I do consider the presence of such long and peaceful line to vote, a thing of beauty — freezing temperature and missed breakfast aside! Why? Because the other such lines that I have personally witnessed were for newspapers during the Perestroika in the Soviet Union, and for milk and bread 21 years ago in my home country!

So, I do not take democracy for granted! However, one cannot disagree with KAL’s quip at the Economist: “Is there no easier way to choose a president?”

That the nature of the current political campaigning process is divisive became so painfully obvious even to little kids:

A century ago, Abdu’l-Baha offered an alternative, and rather enlightened, opinion on who should the President be:

“The president,” He said, “must be a man who does not insistently seek the presidency. He should be a person free from all thoughts of name and rank; rather, he should say, ‘I am unworthy and incapable of this position and cannot bear this great burden.’ Such persons deserve the presidency. If the object is to promote the public good, then the president must be a well-wisher of all and not a self-seeking person. If the object, however, is to promote personal interests, then such a position will be injurious to humanity.”

We’ve lived through all the campaigning; we will live through this election day… Now, let us learn how to live in unity and harmony after the election!

A timely advice from the second president of this great country:

“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.”  -- Thomas Jefferson

“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

And a beautiful prayer for America from the son of the founder of the Baha’i 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.” ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

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