“O Father” an Indian’s prayer by Dr. Thomas Whitecloud II

O Father

Whose voice I hear in the winds and
Whose breath gives life to the world,
Hear me.

I am a man before you, one of your many children.
I am small and weak.
I need your strength and wisdom.

Let me walk in beauty and
Make my eyes behold the red and purple sunsets.
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 –
The lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock.

I seek strength, Father,
Not to be superior to my brothers,
But to be able to fight my worst enemy, myself.

Make me ever ready to come to you
with clear hands and straight eye, so that
When life fades as the fading sunset
My spirit may come to you without shame.

I want to thank Eric G. Haverkamp from a LinkedIn Group, Quotivate, for passing this along to all of the group members. As a Quotivate member I have been continually inspired by the extraordinary power of just a few words.


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