nineteen days

day nineteen

Posted in day nineteen, the fast - 2008 by leila on March 21, 2008

Illumine, O Lord, the faces of Thy servants, that they may behold Thee; and cleanse their hearts that they may turn unto the court of Thy heavenly favors, and recognize Him Who is the Manifestation of Thy Self and the Day-Spring of Thine Essence. Verily, Thou art the Lord of all worlds. There is no God but Thee, the Unconstrained, the All-Subduing.”


amy: and just like that—this Fast is over. i was anxious about what photos to post for this final day, but i just took a wander through the house, looking for inspiration. the sun gifted us such beautiful light this evening.

thank you leila—for doing this with me, for inspiring me with your choice of quotes, your thoughts, your photography and your friendship.

leila: this morning i was so happy to find that my mum had prepared some sabzeh—sprouted lentils growing in a dish—the night before, which was sitting on the kitchen table. i have to admit, for both my dawn and dusk photos i spent a lot of time taking pictures of many different things, wanting to get “the perfect shots” for this last day of the Fast. in the end i chose greenery, which symbolizes—in the spirit of Haft Sin—a new beginning, new life.

(this is me pretending to be culturally iranian.)

“nineteen days” has been one of the most precious activities of the past month. i am utterly grateful that amy talked with me about doing it, because every single day i have had the excitement of her beautiful photos, the thoughtfulness of her carefully chosen quotations, and the peace of her tranquil thoughts. my thanks and joy on this Naw-Rúz is for her and for you, for sharing with us in this project.

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  1. Sarah said, on March 21, 2008 at 4:14 am

    Thank you, Amy and Leila, for creating this uplifting blog for the Fast. It touched my heart every day.

  2. shirin said, on March 21, 2008 at 9:11 am

    I WILL MISS YOU BOTH!!!! i can’t wait to see your next venture together…thank you thank you thank you dearest ones…this has been so very special, that words cannot express!

  3. Fariba said, on March 21, 2008 at 9:17 am

    Your creativity and thoughtfulness adds to my never-ending list of blessings….Thank you for your vision and sharing it…

  4. Shirin Youssefian said, on March 21, 2008 at 9:33 am

    Thank you for this wonderful gift! I enjoyed it SO much! I can’t believe the fast is over…HAPPY NAW RUZ!!!!!

  5. linda said, on March 21, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    It has been wonderful and your Quotes, thoughts and photos have touched so many vibrations within my heart and soul! Thank yoiu for taking the time to do this, remembering all of us with your love and refreshing poetic ways. Much love, Linda

  6. Elizabeth said, on March 21, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    It has been so uplifting to read this blog during the Fast. Thank you both. I’ll miss your daily inspiration!

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