nineteen days

day seventeen

Posted in the fast - 2009 by amysahba on March 19, 2009

‘Remember not your own limitations; the help of God will come to you. Forget yourself. God’s help will surely come!  When you call on the Mercy of God waiting to reinforce you, your strength will be tenfold. Look at me: I am so feeble, yet I have had the strength given me to come amongst you: a poor servant of God, who has been enabled to give you this message! I shall not be with you long! One must never consider one’s own feebleness, it is the strength of the Holy Spirit of Love, which gives the power to teach. The thought of our own weakness could only bring despair. We must look higher than all earthly thoughts; detach ourselves from every material idea, crave for the things of the spirit; fix our eyes on the everlasting bountiful Mercy of the Almighty, who will fill our souls with the gladness of joyful service to His command ‘Love One Another’.”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá


day seventeen - dawnErinday seventeen: dawnday seventeen - dusknight train homeday seventeen: dusk

amy: the Fast is one of the main time markers for my internal clock. by it,  i measure how quickly the year has gone by, whether i accomplished all i wanted, or if i fell short of my goals.  it might be simply because of the reflective nature of this time of year, or because all the time i would usually spend obsessing over food can now be redirected to answering questions like “what am i doing with my Life?” – which would seem to be slightly more important to said Life than, say, “cookie or brownie?”.  (for anyone out there that might actually care, probably brownie, but it all depends on who the cookie is).

liam: my understanding of life is that the purpose of this fleeting material existence is to strive with absolute Faith, to the point of exhaustion and collapse, with all that you are and all that you have, to create unity in the world under the standard of Baha’u’llah. i believe that however we choose to undertake the Fast, it teaches us that we can be strong, all of us, together, all of the time. and even though we sometimes all feel challenged, or hurt, or unhappy, or broken, the Fast allows us to draw closer to a love, a strength and a joy that sustains us throughout the darkness.

leila:  i feel like i don’t deserve the friendships i have.  shiva, who has come to visit us (mainly the sprog), from canada, has been talking up a storm with my nine-week old in farsi, eliciting gurgles and a bounty of smiles.  then there’s amy, who, because of her encouragement and daily loving kindnesses, is nurturing me back to a life of beauty and brightness.  i could go on, but my darling babe is sobbing for her sleep, and so, as a matter of fact, am i.

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  1. Manijeh said, on March 19, 2009 at 7:42 am

    great pics again. i especially love the congrats one!
    and if you are asking, cookie.

    (sorry for not writing anything profound!)

  2. nemoDreamer said, on March 19, 2009 at 9:29 am

    amy: good choice on brownie…
    yes, i forget that the Fast comes at the end of the REAL year… hm.. something i should think about..

    liam: is that Erin sleeping?
    LOVED your thoughts… insanely hard to strive towards, but then again, that’s what we keep telling ourselves…

    leila: welcome back! love yesterday’s photos 🙂
    don’t beat yourself up about deserving friends, i’m sure if you ask them, they’ll tell you how happy they are to be in your life!!

  3. Leili said, on March 19, 2009 at 9:31 am

    liam – I LOVE the passage you selected and am inspired by your reflection. Feelings shared.

  4. Elizabeth said, on March 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    What a wonderful quotation. And a cute note on the smoothie. That would put a smile on my face at 6:30 a.m.

  5. Giovanni-Joe said, on March 19, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    I found this site by Daniel’s suggestion and I immediately got catched by it since first days of Fast (I also went back to previous year’s posts!). It’s now over 10 years since I last met Amy-jun in Acuto Youth Conferences and I am really delighted to read her thoughts, posts and pictures that are so much inspiring. Keep it up and go ahead! Hug from Genova-Italy PS: I also appreciate Leila’s and guests but this post was kept for Amy’s ;o)

  6. Layli Samimi said, on March 19, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    i would have to second everything (leili) towfigh said. amazing.

  7. Jonathan said, on March 19, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Okay, that smoothie looks AMAZING right now.

  8. Rebekah said, on March 19, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Love the fence picture!

    I really like the first part of the initial passage: Remember not your own limitations; the help of God will come to you

  9. leah said, on March 19, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Thank-you so much for that beautiful quote. This year was to be my first fast, having just discovered the Baha’i Faith a month or two ago, and I completely derailed. Reading a passage like this, as well as your insightful comments and seeing your beautiful pictures has renewed my hope. You have shown me the way out of despair, and I can’t thank you enough.

  10. amysahba said, on March 20, 2009 at 11:31 am

    liam – so beautifully said.

    leila – love you. oodles.


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