O Great Spirit, Hear Us

O Great Spirit, whose voice we hear in the winds
and whose breath gives life
to all the world,
hear us.

We are small and weak.
We come to you to find strength and wisdom.
Let us walk in beauty
and make our eyes
ever behold the sunset.

Make our hands respect
the things you have made
and our ears sharp
to hear your voice.

Make us wise
so that we may understand
the things you have taught our relatives.
Let us learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock.

We seek strength,
not to be greater than our brothers and sisters,
but to fight our greatest enemy-ourselves.

Make us always ready to come to you
with clean hands and straight eyes.
So when life fades, as the fading sunset our spirit may come to you
without shame.
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