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Make my prayer, O my Lord, a fountain of living waters whereby I may live as long as Thy sovereignty endureth, and may make mention of Thee in every world of Thy worlds. – Baha’i Prayers, p. 8.After a few more moments of silent meditation, we headed back toward Ioas Grove. In one stretch of the forest, the small, humbly-sized acorns of the giant redwoods covered the ground, prompting us to see the potential of new trees in the seeds. They reminded me of the twinkles in the late William Sears’ eyes years ago, when he mused about God’s wisdom of giving small acorns to big tall trees and big pumpkins to vines that grow close to the ground. “Can you imagine if a pumpkin were to grow on a redwood tree?” he said. “Anyone passing under it would be badly hurt if a pumpkin were to ripen and drop on him! God’s wisdom is infinite.” As we walked, memories of Mr. Sears and other Baha’is who have passed on from this physical world to the spiritual world, and deep gratitude to John and Louis Bosch for providing this heavenly spot, accompanied me back to the grove. Friends slowly regrouped under the giant redwoods, again in a circle, and shared this passage by Baha’u’llah:
This is the Day in which God’s most excellent favors have been poured out upon men, the Day in which His most mighty grace hath been infused into all created things. It is incumbent upon all the peoples of the world to reconcile their differences, and, with perfect unity and peace, abide beneath the shadow of the Tree of His care and loving-kindness. – The Proclamation of Baha’u’llah, p. 119.Baha’u’llah has another prayer that perfectly sums up our meditative walk:
Blessed is the spot, and the house, and the place, and the city, and the heart, and the mountain, and the refuge, and the cave, and the valley, and the land, and the sea, and the island, and the meadow where mention of God hath been made, and His praise glorified. - Baha'i Prayers, p. i.