2016/11/13 Native American Spirituality and Standing Rock

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

Let me walk in beauty and let my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunsets that you have created with me.

Make my hands respect the things that you have made and my ears sharp to hear your words and your voice.

Let me learn the lessons that you have hidden under every rock and leaf.

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 that when my life fades as the fading sunset, my Spirit can come to you without shame.

 
Looking behind, I am filled with gratitude.
Looking forward, I am filled with vision.
Looking upwards, I am filled with strength.
Looking within, I discover peace.
We return thanks to our mother,
the Earth, which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams,
which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs,
which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and stars,
which have given to us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to the sun,
that has looked upon the Earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit,
in whom is embodied all goodness,
and who directs all things for the good of her children.