Turning 15 is a huge milestone on the spiritual journey of life. Baha’u’llah referred to it as the commencement of maturity and in the Baha’i Faith it is the age at which a young person begins to take on for him or herself the practices of prayer, fasting, meditation and the study of the Holy Writings. Through these devotional acts one strengthens their connection with the Creator and lays the foundation for a lifetime of service.
For the last several months I have been preparing some surprises for my daughter who turns 15 today. One of her gifts is a song that I composed in her honor entitled ‘Daughter of the Kingdom’, the words of which are from a prayer revealed by Abdu’l-Baha for women. In addition, I decided to create an album for women that will be dedicated to my daughter and which I will be working on in the near future. I have already composed three of the pieces which I look forward to sharing with you. To listen to ‘Daughter of the Kingdom’, please click below.
Recording ‘Daughter of the Kingdom’ was an emotional experience as I felt inspired while singing certain phrases in the piece. The lyrics that moved me the most while recording were, ‘Make her exalted among the daughters of the Kingdom’. This phrase is repeated near the end of the song and continues to build. I wanted the music to symbolise the angels surrounding and guiding her as she enters this next phase in her life. I was so moved singing this part of the piece as the words resonated deeply within my heart.
A few years ago, I also composed a piece for my son’s 15th birthday. It is entitled ‘Heavenly Wings’ and is taken from two prayers for youth. You can read more details about the song and hear it on a previous post.
My wish is that these prayers will inspire youth all over the world.