Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration

Here is the text of the closing prayer delivered by Dr. Roya Akhavan at the 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration:

O Thou merciful God! O Thou Who art mighty and powerful!  O Thou most kind Father!  These servants have gathered together, turning to Thee, supplicating Thy threshold, desiring Thine endless bounties from Thy great assurance.  They have no purpose save Thy good pleasure.  They have no intention save service to the world of humanity.

O God! Make this assemblage radiant.  Make the hearts merciful.  Confer the bounties of the Holy Spirit.  Endow them with a power from heaven.  Bless them with heavenly minds.  Increase their sincerity, so that with all humility and contrition they may turn to Thy kingdom and be occupied with service to the world of humanity.  May each one become a brilliant star.  May each one become beautiful in color and redolent of fragrance in the kingdom of God.

O kind Father! Confer Thy blessings.  Consider not our shortcomings.  Shelter us under Thy protection.  Remember not our sins.  Heal us with Thy mercy.  We are weak; Thou art mighty. We are poor; Thou art rich.  We are sick; Thou art the Physician.  We are needy; Thou art most generous.

O God! Endow us with Thy providence.  Thou art the Powerful.  Thou art the Giver.  Thou art the Beneficent.

-‘Abdu’l-Bahá