Thursday, July 28, 2011

Ojibwa Prayer

Grand Canyon with Rainbow by
Thomas Moran 1837 - 1926
Oh Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds
And whose breath gives life to everyone,
Hear me.

I come to you as one of your many children;
I am weak. I am small.  I need your wisdom and your strength.

Let me walk in beauty, and make my eyes ever
behold the red and purple sunsets.

Make my hands respect the things you have made,
and make my ears sharp so I may hear your voice.

Make me wise, so that I may understand
 what you have taught my people and
The lessons you have hidden in each leaf and each rock.

I ask for wisdom and strength,

Not to be superior to my brothers, but to be able
to fight my greatest enemy, myself.

Make me ever ready to come before you with
clean hands and a straight eye,
So as life fades away as a fading sunset,
My spirit may come to you without shame.

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