We Prescribe a Friend

Rev. Dr. Alice Bandy

We Prescribe a Friend
by Rev. Martha Quintana, Senior Minister

Dedicated to Rev. Dr. Alice Bandy

“We are wisdom and healing, roasted
meat and the star Canopus.  We’re

ground and spilled wine soaking
in. When illness comes, we cure

it.  For sadness, we prescribe a
friend.  For death, a friend.  Run

to meet us on the road.  We stay
modest, and we bless. We look like

this, but this is a tree, and we
are morning wind in the leaves that

makes the branches move.  Silence
turning now into this, now that.”
-Rumi

This prayer is dedicated to Rev. Dr. Alice Bandy, mystic, teacher of teachers, and minister of ministers who passed away earlier this week. She was larger than life, walked the path of the mystic, and lived and taught from this knowing. She was a powerful teacher and I’m happy that I was her student.  Godspeed, Rev. Alice. 

Prayer

I have lived a million lives in the blink of an eye. I have soared through space searching for the right and perfect moment only to find that the soaring moment was perfect. I have searched only to find the destination was the search itself, and when I discovered the one time I had known myself, I was home forever.

All is well in the Mind of God.  All is well in the Heart of the beating Universe for each member of the Universe is here by divine appointment and I know, I know, I know that all I have ever considered, loved, discovered, and seen was God’s plan in action. God’s faith in the perfect heart of God.  I am alive in this faith and I call on this faith now to know even more. 

As I stand in the doorway of the Infinite, I bid Rev. Alice goodbye and know that this doorway is the same one I stand in to say hello. Each time I remember the Infinite Life, God’s Law allows me to surrender to a Love so vast that I can only contain it one thought, one experience at a time.  I am God’s love and law making itself known again and again.  As I know this for me, I know this Rev. Alice, too.

Today I honor Rev. Alice in the most profound way I can, through prayer. This prayer speeds swiftly to her being and tells her of my love and admiration for her, and of my intentions that her new normal is filled with joy and infinite blessings. I’m happy she’s no longer housed in a body filled with pain. She would not have liked that, and I’m happy she’s filled with joy and peace.  I’m happy she’s now met the people who’d been longing to see her and, as we celebrate her life on this plane, her loved ones celebrate her arrival into the next.  Godspeed, Rev. Alice.

Thank you for your faith in me. Thank you for taking the time to teach us all and thank you for the care and attention you gave each of your students and friends.  Thank you for the love you gave Michael, Riley, and your family. Everyone you touched is now carrying your message through all of time.  What a joyful legacy! 

There is none to compare, Rev. Alice, and I know as this prayer is released, it lights up the sky like fireworks so that you know once more you were loved.  And so it is.  Amen.