one last Christmas…

December 3, 2011

On my way to the Northwest the sun came up in my mirror. Just the sun glowing in the glass behind me. It’s always been there, looking to light my way home.

My wish for all of us this Christmas season is that we would look around our world to see how we could make a positive impact on the life of at least one person we meet this season. Could it be the last sunrise for someone you know? Will it be their last sunset?

A few weeks ago I heard an interview with Matthew West on the Sirius channel The Message. Matthew West is a Christian singer/song writer. His latest album is from a collection of letters written to him over a years time, the writer sharing a story from their lives. Related in one of those letters is the story below.
Taken from the Matthew West Blog…

Today, a new Christmas song is available on iTunes. The song is called “One Last Christmas” and it actually came from my time at the cabin. Like all the songs on The Story of Your Life, this song has a story. But the way the story came to me was a unique. I received three different stories from three different people all in this small town in Illinois whose lives have been impacted by the life of a two year-old boy named Dax. At just thirteen months old, little Dax was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia. He was given two bone marrow transplants as a part of emergency treatment; one from each of his parents. The doctors then told his parents that Dax would most likely not make it to see Christmas.

This is a great picture. Taken from the front seat of a class 8 truck going 60mph through the front windshield. The storm clouds are building all around us, sometimes so big and black we can’t see the sun. The hole in the clouds is for the angels watching over all of us, day in and day out, no matter what we’re doing or where we are. [Maybe that’s why I always try to include a sunrise.]

Well, this song is inspired by the true story of the love of a family, and the coming together of an entire community to make sure that this little boy could have one last Christmas. His dad, determined that his son would see Christmas, put up the decorations early. The neighborhood caught on, and did the same. The whole town soon followed suit. A website was built telling his story. Soon, pictures were sent from all over the world of Christmas decorations that had been put up in his honor. Incredible!

Dax did lose his battle with Leukemia, but not before he got to see one last Christmas. Today, this little boy’s legacy lives on, and his parents are making sure it does. They were so touched by the care they received from St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, that they now have a desire to raise enough money to run the entire hospital for one day in honor of their son, Dax. The total cost to run St. Jude’s for one day is $1.6 million dollars. Already, they have raised a quarter of a million dollars.

The southwest deserts of AZ, CA, NV are in the center of a strong windstorm blowing the sand around as I head into Las Vegas. It was bright but the sun was hidden behind all the flying dust. I took the picture not knowing how it would turn out. I guess I got lucky, I like the shot.

Right now, I have a song called “My Own Little World,” that’s been on the radio. That song was written out of a desire to stop looking out for only me. And this Christmas, it is on my heart to join forces with the Locke family, and help them in their cause. I would like to encourage you to join us in raising money that will go to an amazing cause in St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital that cares for so many children each year.

To donate now to St. Jude’s in memory of Dax please visit:
http://tiny.cc/m1mdo
To read more of Dax’s story visit:
http://www.daxlocke.com/

One last Christmas is all we have.