THIS IS 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.

Amatu’l-Bahá Ruhiyyih Khanum
A tribute to Amatu’l-Bahá Ruhiyyih Khanum