A Prayer for Orlando and Fathers Everywhere
by Rev. Martha Quintana, Senior Minister
There is One Life; the Life so huge that It is everywhere equally present. There is no place Life is not. It is at the top of the highest mountain and the deepest point of the lowest ocean. This Life, the one I call God, is everyone. It is known by so many names – Creator, Pachamama, Father/Mother, Peace, Love, Joy, Truth, Reality, The Thing Itself. However, I know It, It indwells my body and leaps forth in consciousness the moment I recognize It.
I am one with Life. I recognize It and know that it is what indwells my body. Its holiness permeates every aspect of my being and I am left completely in awe of the goodness of It. Like It, I am peace, love, joy, truth, reality, the thing itself. As I know this for me, I know this for my father, Orlando, and for all fathers everywhere. Orlando is the holy spirit that indwelled his body here in this physical existence and his holy spirit that moved on to the afterlife. It is that holy spirit that I recognize in him and know that he is peace, love, joy, truth, reality, and the thing itself. Orlando is one with God and so are all fathers.
I affirm and declare for Orlando a blessing so profound that it leaves my indelible mark of love on his holy spirit. I affirm his happiness and peace and know that the love we have for each other is a bridge of communication even now. He is happy, healthy, whole, and complete. I affirm the same for all of the fathers who read this prayer or whose children read it for them. The fathers of each of us are blessed and it is this blessing that now profoundly and indelibly marks our own spirits. Love is the key.
I am so grateful for Orlando; grateful for his love and the faith he has in me. I am grateful that he generously spent time with me teaching me to read, to write, teaching me how to be in the world, and, finally, how to love with conviction. He was a great man and I am fortunate to be his daughter. I am grateful for all fathers everywhere and know that, no matter the appearance, each of us benefits greatly from our fathers.
With this grateful heart, I release this prayer and know it is done. And so it is. Amen! Hi Dad!