Every year we hear the stories of those in need. We give food. We buy toys. We visit the elderly and shut -ins, and we continually remember our troops and their families. However, this year, Christian musician, Matthew West also reminds us not to forget all those with sick children or those who have lost children.
Just released, One Last Christmas, is about a little boy named Dax. At just thirteen months old, little Dax Locke 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 song is about 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 Web site 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.Dax lost his battle with Leukemia,December 30, 2009.
Dax's story is special, but take a moment to think. His story is one of thousands around the world. Many families go through this heart break each and every day. For those of you with children, cherish each and every moment you have with them. Remember those who have sick children or who have lost children. Pray for their comfort and their peace this Christmas and each and every day throughout the year.
“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,” Philippians 2:1-3 (NIV)
Dax's parents, the Locke family, were so touched by the care and compassion they received from St. Jude's Children's Research Center and from families around the world, that they are attempting to raise enough money to run St. Jude's for one day. It cost about $1.6 million a day to run the hospital. Already, they have raised over $250,000. Consider donating to this cause and this year, give the gift of compassion for Christmas.
One Last Christmas by Matthew West