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Native American Prayer

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 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 head respect the things you have made and make my ears sharp so that 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 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.


Copyright © by Scarlett Anderson

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  1. Date: 9/20/2010 6:10:00 PM
    Native Americans were spiritually light years ahead of us in their faith and unity with nature. We were the savages. Vince

  1. Date: 7/13/2010 10:24:00 AM
    a beautiful and wise prayer. this goes straight to my heart. feels like I should speak it every day. thank you for your comment on my poem, especially because without it I would have missed this. love, shar

  1. Date: 2/9/2010 9:39:00 PM
    I see ya write all about the people of this nation some of my family history is Cherokke-Black foot among others keeping writing have a good evenning

  1. Date: 1/20/2010 1:17:00 PM
    A most delightful prayer for your people Scarlett >> James

  1. Date: 1/18/2010 6:23:00 PM
    Native American Indians have always been an interest of mine and I enjoy their culture and fantastic lifestyles... this prayer is magnificent Scarlett and increases my interest even more... I will continue to say it also... making if a favorite of mine tonight... thankxxx for your lovely comments on my poetry also.. luv.. Linda-Marie

  1. Date: 1/16/2010 3:09:00 AM
    Dear Scarlett, A prayer of such wisdom and yearning. I especially like the second stanza from the bottom. , 'I ask for wisdom and strength, not to be superior to my brothers, but to fight my greatest enemy, myself'. If only we would all do that, there would be peace on earth. Love, Lainie . Your poetry reminds me of the poetry of one of the Greats in Canadian History ' Pauline Johnson'. If you get a chance look her up on the net.

  1. Date: 1/15/2010 8:03:00 PM
    I love that, lessons hidden in each rock and leaf, very nice poem!

  1. Date: 1/13/2010 7:03:00 PM
    Dear Scarlett, this is a beautiful Prayer. Thank you for sharing and thank you for your kind comments on my writing. Regarding your Life story, my dear - just right what you recall from your earliest memory, tell it as it really happened and convey the feelings like you do in your poetry. I would be happy to read it as you write it and help you that way. When you are ready to do that send me a soupmail and I will soupmail you back with my email address. Love, Lainie

  1. Date: 1/13/2010 4:40:00 PM
    exellently written! keep going!------Ell

  1. Date: 1/13/2010 3:05:00 PM
    Delightful read Scarlett, thank you for sharing this lovely poem >> James

  1. Date: 1/13/2010 2:47:00 PM
    Such a beautiful prayer Scarlett. Going to my favorites!! Thanks so much for sharing this with us today, smile. I look forward to reading more of your beautiful writing. Love Light Patty