Yesterday I asked my friends on Facebook to assist me by contributing an uplifting quotation so that I could set it to music. I received a lot of wonderful responses (thank you to those of you who shared such wonderful passages). I tried many of them out as I had a melody in mind and the quote that seemed most suitable is the one below shared by Ladan Eshraghi (thanks Ladanjoon)! It is a beautiful prayer on the theme of steadfastness by Abdu’l-Baha. Parts of the prayer were not easy to set to music because of some of the long sentences and words but as I let go and allowed myself to feel the rhythm, I’m happy with how it came out. Please bear in mind that it is a rough recording.
O Thou beloved of my heart and soul! I have no refuge save Thee. I raise no voice at dawn save in Thy commemoration and praise. Thy love encompasseth me and Thy grace is perfect. My hope is in Thee. O God, give me a new life at every instant and bestow upon me the breaths of the Holy Spirit at every moment, in order that I may remain steadfast in Thy love, attain unto great felicity, perceive the manifest light and be in a state of utmost tranquility and submissiveness. Verily, Thou art the Giver, the Forgiver, the Compassionate.” -Abdu’l-Baha