So many Christmas Days have
passed. I can even remember some of them. Now, at
sixty-three years old, I often sit outside on my deck and
reminisce about days gone by.
One Christmas morning I
recall opening only one gift. Only one. This was strange
because I was spoiled into expecting several gifts. I did
have a stocking filled with all sorts of fireworks, pens,
and of course large oranges, and Red Delicious apples.
Back to my one present. As I
opened the boxes, what I found was a homemade plaid shirt
made by my mother. I was disappointed because I really
didnít expect a shirt of any kind.
After many years passed I
discovered the reason why I had one gift that Christmas
morning. It had been a lean year financially for my parents.
The life lesson had been set
into motion on learning to be thankful for what we have,
Grateful to Great Spirit who always gives us all what we
We are given what we need so
itís our responsibility to put this truth into practice as
if it is second nature to us.
But wait Ö I am receiving an
early Christmas gift. By the time you read these words, I
will have the gift. My new gift is having knee replacement
surgery which means I have a brand new knee. It was a gift I
didnít ask to receive. The Great Spirit knew I needed a new
knee before me.
Creator is sending a special
gift to the world - a new HEART. This one pulsates with love
and peace. This one can not break.
So now, this Christmas, may
all of us receive the many gifts and blessings from Creator.
May we ourselves be a blessing and a gift to others.
GREAT SPIRIT PRAYER
"Oh, Great Spirit, whose
voice I hear in the wind,
Whose breath gives life to
all the world.
Hear me; I need your
strength and wisdom.
Let me walk in beauty, and
make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the
things you have made and my ears sharp to hear your voice
Make me wise so that I may
understand the things you have taught my people.
Help me to remain calm and
strong in the face of all that comes towards me.
Let me learn the lessons you
have hidden in every leaf & rock.
Help me seek pure thoughts &
act with the intention of helping others.
Help me find compassion
without empathy overwhelming me.
I seek strength, not to be
greater than my brother, but to fight my greatest enemy -
Make me always ready to come
to you with clean hands and straight eyes.
So when life fades, as the
fading sunset, my spirit may come to you without shame.
Peace, Tom Haley