May 01, 2016
Celebrate Life in May
Rev. Thomas M. Haley, Manataka Elder
May is the month of Motherís Day and itís approaching. Itís a day we all
celebrate and honor our mothers. We usually fix breakfast for them and
suddenly, the better idea is to travel to McDonalds to order Bacon, Egg,
and Cheese biscuits. Oh well, we tried. Itís the thought that counts.
Most mothers like to receive handmade gifts. They certainly do not need
to be perfectly made to be loved. With all that we are given by our
mothers, Motherís Day should be celebrated each day. Which leads me to
mention a very important mother Ė MOTHER EARTH.
Mother Earth gives us life. Her beautiful and sparkling rivers and
brooks provide sustenance for our bodies. Her sacred ground offers a
womb for plants to be born and reborn. Again, her beautiful land gives
us a place for building our shelter. But how do we treat our Mother
We daily pollute her beautiful carpet with our trash. The large
corporations are killing wildlife with their toxic waste. They do not
comply with regulations citing it will cost too much. And now the new
gold is Ė WATER.
Each person who resides on this planet needs to love Mother Earth by
action and not words. All of us must protect our Mother Earth from the
evil ones whose heart is full of greed and hate. We have experienced the
devastation in Flint, Michigan with the conditions of the lead-filled
water poisoning the lives of the young and old.
HOWEVER, our brothers and sisters of Native American linage are dying
for clear, fresh, and life-giving water. A nectar of life. Why arenít we
helping? Where are the big trucks carrying thousands and thousands of
bottled water? Where are the celebrities speaking out against this
injustice? Why arenít we more vocal ourselves providing help for the
It is time to celebrate Mother Earth and our on mothers by treated both
with love and respect in order for all of us to live.