Thursday, January 8, 2009

January The Eighth

Native American Prayer

OH
, Great Spirit
Whose voice I hear in the winds,
And whose breath gives life to all the world,
hear me, I am small and weak,
I need your strength and wisdom.

Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold
the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have
made and my ears sharp to hear your voice.
Make me wise so that I may understand the things
you have taught my people.
Let me learn the lessons you have
hidden in every leaf and rock.

I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother,
but to fight my greatest enemy - myself.
Make me always ready to come to you
with clean hands and straight eyes.
So when life fades, as the fading sunset,
my Spirit may come to you without shame.


(translated by Lakota Sioux Chief Yellow Lark in 1887)
published in Native American Prayers - by the Episcopal Church.

4 comments:

~Barb~ said...

How beautiful and touching. Very nice..thank you for sharing.
Peace & Love,
~Barb~

Angela Recada said...

This is beautiful and still so relevant today. Thank you for sharing it.
Best wishes,
Angela

femminismo said...

I guess I have "outed" myself by accident. I was posting to my "secret" other blog, Bless What There Is, and it came up here on One Day At A Time. Inspired by a little book, "Prayers Ancient & Modern," selected by Mary Wilder Tileston, with one prayer for every day of the year, I decided that I wanted to explore the way world religions and its people pray. I am a very lapsed Catholic, with widespread beliefs and ideas, and 2009 seemed like an appropriate time to begin this exploration. Check in on this blog and see if there's anything of use to you or alert someone who might also be searching.

Don said...

Beautiful.