Native American Prayer to the Great Spirit
Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds and whose breath gives life to all the world, hear me.
I am small and weak. I need your strength and wisdom.
Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have made, my ears sharp to hear your voice.
Make me wise, so that I may know the things you have taught my people.
Let me learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock.
I seek strength, not to be superior to my brother, but to be able to fight my greatest enemy: myself.
Make me ever ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes, so that
when life fades as the fading sunset, my spirit will come to you without shame.
Native American - Lakota - Chief Yellow Lark - 1887