2007 Christmas Wish
by Ted L Glines
Perhaps this is redundant. It is my wish for every day.
For you and your loved ones and friends -- May your days be filled with love and hugs and support and compassion and empathy and sharing, for those are the elements of true riches. May your new year be blessed with wonderful opportunities to be a blessing for others.
For our leaders and protectors -- Please take your elected/appointed position seriously as a public trust to lead us in the path of righteousness and to protect us from the effects of evil. Please do not believe that your elevated position gives you a permit to steal or abuse. Always remember the words made famous by Donald Trump, You're fired! There are many ways (from pink slip to assassination) to say those words. It is always best to do your job, do it right, and be remembered well. God bless our leaders and protectors, for they go in harm's way.
For those who are hungry -- Please come to me so I might have the honor of feeding you. My life is not so private that I would allow you to remain hungry in our land of such riches. My table is set to receive you, always.
For those who look up at me in envy -- Like you, I did not choose my life position and, but for the grace of God ... I might be looking up at your position with ... envy.
For unprotected animals -- In all of your hurts and abused memories, please know that Man, created in the Image of God, may often fall short of God's expectations. Please know that Man's best friend is an honor offered to Men and it must be earned. For those men who would abuse this honor -- bite them ... for they are only lowly food chain! They are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.
For Gaia - my first love -- May your mountains and forests and lakes and rivers and streams and deserts and seas teem with your abundant love and creation. May the works of Man never put a bruise on your heart. If Man chooses to hurt you, remove him (like you did the dinosaurs) and let the more worthy creatures enjoy your bounty. I love you, Gaia.
For any I might seem to have forgotten -- Your name is in my heart with love and my best wishes. May your needs be met today and every day. Know that I love you.
For myself -- May I always awaken in the sure knowledge that I am joyfully humble in the service of whatever needs may present themselves today. In the face of any problem, may I always seek to be part of the solution. May I always know that life is short and I would leave this life being proud of my deeds.
For Jesus -- Happy Birthday!