A guest to our homes is arriving tonight — named 2005. We can treat this guest well in a multitude of ways, most immediately by giving generously to tsunami relief. As we learn more about the devastation and the number of deaths continues to climb, it is imperative that we all contribute to the relief of suffering.
In addition, I hope you will also review Heifer International, a world-wide effort to give animals and seedlings to impoverished people. Although not connected to tsunami relief, this is a very worthy cause. You can purchase an animal (such as a water buffalo, a goat or a flock of chicks) that will help a family rise from poverty. The program is exceptional because it focuses on helping people learn the skills of ecologically sensitive, sustainable agriculture as well as improving living conditions. Take a look at some of their projects.
William Stafford, one of my favorite poets, reminds us all as we begin this new year that we are tracing a thread. His spirit encourages a profound knowing. Where will this thread lead you in 2005?
The Way It Is
There’s a thread you follow. It goes among
things that change. But it doesn’t change.
People wonder about what you are pursuing.
You have to explain to them about the thread.
But it is hard for others to see.
While you hold it you can’t get lost.
Tragedies happen; people get hurt
or die; and you suffer and get old.
Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding.
You don’t ever let go of the thread.
Best to you all, this New Year’s Eve — and thanks for showing up here.