As I walked onto my deck
recently, which literally takes up most of my backyard space, the cool breeze of
the Spirit drifted across me.
It was early morning. The
day was waking up to the sound of birds singing, dogs barking and me, an old man
who was chasing a cup of coffee to the deck chair.
morning I have at least one dove who sits on a telephone pole nearby and flies
away just before I retreat into my house. But today there were three doves. I
suppose Creator believed I needed a bit more sacred companionship.
This has happened more
than once especially when I lived in Hot Springs, Arkansas. However, during my
stay in Hot Springs there were about eight doves each day.
I felt protected and a
message coming from my feathered brothers and sisters. The message was donít be
afraid you are protected.
Usually, Brother Hawk
would fly low about the middle of the afternoon just to check on me and remind
me of the message of the doves.
But back to my deck in
Benton, as I pondered my life and observed nature and all of creation, I offered
thanks to Creator. I also went back and remembered some of the most of difficult
paths, the hardships, the almost hopeless days that I experienced.
had made it through all these ordeals and now I sit in a deck chair, coffee in
hand, nature all around me and this sacred moment was the new beginning of
This is what all the hard
work was about. I had almost forgotten.
Life is more than money,
fame or prestige. Life is giving thanks to Creator for giving us a beautiful
morning filled with singing birds and barking dogs and a contented spirit.
The next time you are
outside with a cup of coffee - listen to our feathered brothers. They just might
have a message for you.
Peace, Tom Haley