Sunday, June 6, 2010

Favorite Native Prayer

Posted by Mona

Well, I know prayers can be controversial, this is one of my favorites. It sums up personal responsibility and the connection to nature that are common threads among Native Americans. I thought it was so beautiful I'd share it. While I've known we were always a civilized people, it also shows the wisdom that Native Americans possessed in 1887 for those who doubted that and felt we needed to be assimilated!

Best, Mona

An Indian Prayer

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 

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

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