My sister-friend, Robin Youngblood (a very gifted medicine woman of Cherokee/Okanogan descent) shared this with me recently. To offer to all of you…
Pray for the Waters. Pray for our Mother. Pray for the Winds. Pray for the Fires of Peace and Community. Pray for a spiritual awakening for those who live in fear, greed, violence and destruction. Oh, Great Mysterious One – hear your daughter’s prayer. I am but one small whisper in the voice of the world, yet I am one with many voices.
Today I give thanks for the water that gives us life, the rain drops that become the running waters that sing their way to the mighty oceans’ roaring waves…Today I give thanks for the breath of Spirit that breathes us to life, the silent exhalation that the trees breathe in, the small breeze that is the kiss of a hummingbird’s wings filling the sails of the clouds til they blow a hurricane upon the waters….
Today I thank the dust of this beautiful star, my Mother the Earth, that births life in our bodies, supports life through her abundant birthing, makes mountains of molehills, and molehills of mountains…Today I give thanks for the spark of life that erupts in fiery inspiration, becoming the hearth that warms community, that rages in passionate purification, burning through all that no longer serves….
Oh, Great Ones, Ancestors, Star Beings, you who walked the path before us, teach us now. Show us the way forward. Help us learn from our mistakes. Lead us to right thought and action. Leave no one behind. May we open our eyes to our communal grief, open our hearts to the cries of our children and grandchildren, weep with our grandmothers and grandfathers….washing ourselves clean from the withheld pain of our denial, that we may see clearly the dark terror that has held us spellbound.
May our tears set us free. In freedom we stand. In gratitude we walk. In humility we serve All Life. In unity we speak. In harmony we sing. In joy we dance. Together we pray.Today, tomorrow and for each day to come. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for!
H’etch etu aloh! Wopila.