|Haitian Folk Angel Metal Wall Hanging by Haitian Metal|
Today is the one year anniversary of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti. Over one million people are still homeless. Haitians are observing this day with religious ceremonies and a solemn moment of silence.
I'd like to offer a prayer for strength, not only for today, but for the coming year of healing and rebuilding for all Haitians and their devastated country.
O KIND LORD!
O Comforter of anguished hearts!
Send down Thy mercy upon us, and Thy grace, bestow upon us patience,
give us the strength to endure. With Thy generous hand, lay Thou a balm upon our sores,
grant us a medicine for this never-healing woe.
Console Thou Thy loved ones, comfort Thy friends and handmaids,
heal Thou our wounded breasts, and with Thy bounty's remedy, restore our festering hearts.
With the gentle breeze of Thy compassion, make fresh and green again these boughs,
withered by autumn blasts; restore Thou to flourishing life these flowers,
shrivelled by the blight of bereavement.
With tidings of the Abha Paradise, wed Thou our souls to joy, and rejoice Thou our spirits
with heartening voices from the dwellers in the realm of glory.
Thou art the Bounteous, Thou art the Clement; Thou art the Bestower, the Loving.
The Greatest Holy Leaf
From the Baha'i Writings