This is Faith

from by Elika Mahony



This poem was written by Amatu’l-Bahá Rúhíyyih Khánum, a true heroine of the spiritual path. She describes how faith calls us to do the seemingly impossible, yet when there is love we are able to see the end in the beginning and to dare to work for visions yet unseen. This composition is in honor of her life of faith.


To walk where there is no path
To breathe where there is no air
To see where there is no light
This is Faith

To cry out in the silence
The silence of the night
And hearing no echo, believe
And believe again and again
This is Faith

To hold pebbles and see jewels
To raise sticks and see forests
To smile with weeping eyes
This is Faith

To say God I believe when others deny
I hear when there is no answer
I see though naught is seen
This is Faith

And the fierce love in the heart
The savage love that cries
Hidden Thou art yet there!
Veil Thy face and mute Thy tongue

Yet I see and hear Thee love
Beat me down to the bare earth
Yet I rise and love Thee, love
This is Faith


from Fire and Gold, released January 1, 2008




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