When there’s no fire, there’s no heat, no light, no warmth…there’s just darkness. Now darkness in and of itself isn’t bad. We like it dark to sleep, and without darkness there would be no light. But without fire, we wouldn’t have most things we enjoy in our modern lives. We couldn’t cook. The spark from the spark plug which powers our car engine is fire. When we look at our lives, fire really does tend to all.
But let’s look inside ourselves, because if we don’t have fire there, then we really won’t have fire in any aspect of our lives.
The fire tends to all. Don’t we tend fire? If we don’t tend fire, if we let it care for itself, then won’t it get out of control?
There may be times that it does, but the wildfires which appear so vividly on our news are also cleansing and renewing the land. No, it may not be tending to what we want it to tend to, but it is tending to something. Likewise, anyone who has tried to start a fire with wet wood knows that no matter how hard you try, you can’t get the fire to stay going.
If we look at our own inner fire, there are times when it can be like that, when we want to start a fire with wet and sodden wood, so there is no spark. We feel dark inside, cold, no light, no warmth. Our inner fire, if it’s present, truly does tend to all. With this fire we can share our light with the world, our heat and our energy will go forth and spread itself to others. Our fire does tend all, because with our actions, we can share our light and love with the world. So as we tend to all in our world, so, too, does those we touch. They share their light, their fire, and so on, until the fire is tending all in the world.
There are times, though, when we don’t have a fire. When even the tiniest spark cannot be found within us. In those times, we need to look to others or look to our spiritual sources to find their fire, not to steal it, but to let it be a spark which will once again create a blazing fire within us so that we can go forth in our lives with heat and light to share. Again, their fire tended ours, and the fire tends all.
As I light my candle from your fire, so too can you replenish your candle from mine. That’s what fire is about, and that’s how fire can tend to the all. May my fire always burn brightly and may your fire never go out.