Lighting the Candle of Faith
by Rev. Martha Quintana, Senior Minister
“It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” — Chinese Proverb.
Life Is. Life is everywhere equally present and no matter the appearance, It is there – tucked into those quiet places, bursting forth in the form of a flower, quietly contemplating as a thought, beating a heart, beaming through the sunlight, breathing that first breath of a newborn babe and breathing the last breath of a live well-lived as the soul takes leave of a body. Eternal Life. It is Perfect. It is Good and my Good is Alive.
It is who I am. I am alive in its Goodness and I live in its Light. Every aspect of my being is part of that perfect energy that forms my body and gives me life. It is called by many names, Holy Spirit, God, Essence, The Thing Itself, Reality and so much more. Whatever it is called, I call it forth by my recognition of Its Essence, and I align so perfectly with It that I cannot deny anything about It or me. I am bursting with life and possibility. As I know this for me, I know this for every person that reads this prayer. Each one is a pure possibility of Life’s Essence – of this, I’m sure.
Knowing this, I affirm and declare life. I light the candle of faith and no longer curse the darkness. Wherever there appears to be sadness, joy replaces it. Wherever there appears to be lack or limitation, abundance replaces it. Wherever there appears to be illness, health replaces it. Life’s potential takes over and resources arrive that support every project the Rio Grande Community undertakes. All is well.
I am grateful. I am thankful for all the people who call our spiritual community their spiritual home. I am happy all is well and all is done.
And So It Is.