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Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends from around the world to come into a studio and share the Baha’i Writings put to music.
In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we’re in New York City, USA with Sophie Rutstein, Siria Rutstein and Ashkan Ziaie who sing “Make Them to Grow” based on a prayer by Abdu’l-Baha.
This song was filmed and recorded in New York City, USA, January 2017.
Lyrics & Quote
O God, my God! These are Thy feeble servants; they are Thy loyal bondsmen and Thy handmaidens, who have bowed themselves down before Thine exalted Utterance and humbled themselves at Thy Threshold of light, and borne witness to Thy oneness through which the Sun hath been made to shine in midday splendor. They have listened to the summons Thou didst raise from out Thy hidden Realm, and with hearts quivering with love and rapture, they have responded to Thy call.
O Lord, shower upon them all the outpourings of Thy mercy, rain down upon them all the waters of Thy grace. Make them to grow as beauteous plants in the garden of heaven, and from the full and brimming clouds of Thy bestowals and out of the deep pools of Thine abounding grace make Thou this garden to flower, and keep it ever green and lustrous, ever fresh and shimmering and fair.
Thou art, verily, the Mighty, the Exalted, the Powerful, He Who alone, in the heavens and on the earth, abideth unchanged. There is none other God save Thee, the Lord of manifest tokens and signs.
F Am F C F G Am F G Am Em
You can also download the audio version of this song from Baha’i Blog’s Soundcloud page here:
In her innermost heart, Sonjel is a stay-at-home parent and a bookworm with a maxed out library card but professionally she is a museologist with a background in English Literature. She currently lives on Prince Edward Island, an isle in the shape of a smile on the eastern Canadian coast. Sonjel is a writer who loves to listen to jazz when she's driving at night.
Carol Campbell (February 2, 2017 at 1:39 PM)
I agree! It’s a lovely song! Thanks for watching, Carol!
Sonjel Vreeland (February 2, 2017 at 4:07 PM)
So beautiful and moving!
Kalan Rutstein (February 2, 2017 at 12:51 AM)
Absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing this with us.
Dana Morand (February 2, 2017 at 4:42 AM)
We’re glad you enjoyed it! I think it’s very beautiful too! 🙂
Sonjel Vreeland (February 2, 2017 at 4:47 PM)
Maury Miloff (March 3, 2017 at 2:23 PM)
I think so too, Maury! 🙂
Sonjel Vreeland (March 3, 2017 at 11:02 PM)