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Praised be Thou, O Lord my God! This is Thy servant who hath quaffed from the hands of Thy grace the wine of Thy tender mercy, and tasted of the savor of Thy love in Thy days. I beseech Thee … to supply him with the good things Thou dost possess, and to raise him up to such heights that he will regard the world even as a shadow that vanisheth swifter than the twinkling of an eye. Keep him safe also, O my God, by the power of Thine immeasurable majesty, from all that Thou abhorrest. Thou art, verily, his Lord and the Lord of all worlds. - Baha’u’llah, Baha’i Prayers, pp. 129-130.The third time I had appendicitis, my children were teenagers. My appendix was finally surgically removed, and now my fasting would happily only occur during the Baha’i month set aside for it, which culminates in the Baha’i new year and bestows a “hidden gift” on those who are sincere.