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Ivyleaf
09-16-2001, 09:48 PM
Thoughts and prayers are sacred to all of us, and I have had several words of encouragement about the quotation I have put up as my signature. I am not Native American, however this prayer speaks to my heart, and I want to share it with you in it's entirety. I do not know who it is attributed to, but these are wise and beautiful words worth sharing:

Native American Prayer

Great Spirit,
Give us hearts to understand
Never to take from creation's beauty more than we give,
Never to destroy want only for the furtherance of greed,
Never to deny to give our hands for the building of earth's beauty,
Never to take from her what we cannot use.

Give us hearts to understand
That to destroy earth's music is to create confusion,
That to wreck her appearance is to blind us to beauty,
That to callously pollute her fragrance is to make a house of stench,
That as we care for her she will care for us.

Give us hearts to understand
We have forgotten who we are.
We have sought only our own security.
We have exploited simply for our own ends.
We have distorted our knowledge.
We have abused our power.

Great Spirit,
Whose dry lands thirst,
Help us to find the way to refresh your lands.

Great Spirit,
Whose water are choked with debris and pollution,
Help us to find the Help us to find the way to cleanse your waters.

Great Spirit,
Whose beautiful earth grows ugly with misuse,
Help us to find the way to restore beauty to your handiwork.

Great Spirit,
Whose creatures are being destroyed,
Help us to find a way to replenish them.

Great Spirt,
Whose gifts to us are being lost in selfishness and corruption,
Help us to find the way to restore our humanity.

MissMouse
09-17-2001, 04:29 PM
Well said - Thank you for posting this Ivy.

Leaflin
09-17-2001, 07:28 PM
Thank You Ivy.

Ivyleaf
09-18-2001, 01:09 AM
You are both quite welcome, I am thankful the words have spoken to you as well.

jenrou
09-18-2001, 02:31 AM
It speaks to me, also.