nineteen days

day eighteen

Posted in day eighteen, the fast - 2008 by amysahba on March 20, 2008

“Thou seest, O Lord, our suppliant hands lifted up towards the heaven of Thy favor and bounty. Grant that they may be filled with the treasures of Thy munificence and bountiful favor. Forgive us, and our fathers, and our mothers, and fulfil whatsoever we have desired from the ocean of Thy grace and Divine generosity. Accept, O Beloved of our hearts, all our works in Thy path. Thou art, verily, the Most Powerful, the Most Exalted, the Incomparable, the One, the Forgiving, the Gracious.”



amy: i think so often these days of my parents, and of shamim’s parents. with how much patience they watched us grow, how they guided our steps through their actions rather than their words, how many times they bit their tongues and let us make our own mistakes, encouraged us, pushed us, loved us. i wonder if we spend the rest of our lives trying to thank them for that, trying to act in ways that will make them proud of us, if we could ever repay that kind of love, that kind of dedication.

leila: because the skies in the morning have been so indifferent, i haven’t chosen a dawn picture that has clouds in it so far—this morning was therefore a gift. in general, i take more photos of skies and clouds than absolutely anything else. my Bahá’í ring was given to me by the family i lived with in Tasmania. they have three young sons, and when they came back from pilgrimage each of the boys was given one. as was i. i wear it always.

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  1. yas said, on March 20, 2008 at 6:10 am

    dear ones, both your posts moved me this morning. thank you so much for letting us share these nineteen days with you – it has been delicious food for the spirit! love to you both.

  2. Manijeh said, on March 20, 2008 at 9:11 am

    leila – i just looked out the sky here, wondering if that would give me a photo opportunity, but its just a white blanket. nothing else. just white. pretty boring.
    amy – love love love the guitar pic!

  3. Anne said, on March 20, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    Hi Amy and Leila,
    I love how you take pictures of seemingly ordinary items and make them seem so wonderful! I wish I had that gift, I’m still trying to develop it.
    Thank you for the beautiful quote and for providing the reference, that one did not seem familiar to me, it’s beautiful!

  4. Elizabeth said, on March 20, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    I really appreciate the prayer for parents (and your comments Amy) on this last day of the Fast.

  5. Sarah said, on March 21, 2008 at 4:15 am

    This was beautiful. Thank you both.

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