Once there was a little girl who would come to the temple everyday. She would stand before the Lord, close her eyes and with folded hands murmur something for a while. Before leaving the temple she would smilingly bow down to Lord’s idol. This was a daily affair.

The Priest of the temple observed her everyday. He was curious about what she was doing. He thought, she is too small to know the deeper meanings of religion, she would hardly know any prayers.

But then what was she doing every morning here and what does she whisper?

A few days passed like this and the priest grew more curious, to the point where he couldn’t resist anymore. He decided to find out more about that little girl’s daily ritual.

One morning, the priest reached the temple before the girl and waited for her to complete her ritual.

He placed his hand on her head and said, “My child, I have seen since last two weeks. You come here everyday, whisper something to Lord’s idol and then leave. What exactly do you do and say to the Lord?”

“I pray”, She replied enthusiastically.

“Oh, is that so? But my dear do you know any prayers?” asked the priest with some suspicion in his voice.

“…No, I don’t.” Replied the girl.

“Then what do you say to the Lord every day?” The priest smiled.

Very innocently the girl said, “I do not know any prayer, but I know a,b,c,d….up to z. I recite it five times and tell God that I don’t know your prayer, but it cannot be outside of these alphabets. Please arrange the alphabets as you wish and that is my prayer.”

And she ran, jumping her way out of the temple.

Priest stood there dumbstruck, staring at her for a long time as she disappeared running in the wilderness.

This story is a great reminder of the fact that faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe, because to one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible. As very rightly said by Martin Luther King, Jr. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

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