Dear Light Group,
There may have been no group of people who has loved Mother Earth more than the American Indians. It has been their mission to love and protect this planet. It has been their mission to love every aspect of nature – the animal kingdom, the plant kingdom, the water, the soil, the air. And the kingdoms of nature in turn have spoken to American Indians. Messages have been heard from the wind, from the soil, from plants, from birds.
This spirit of connection is embodied in a prayer attributed to Chief Yellow Lark of the Lakota nation:
Oh, Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds
And whose breath gives life to all the world,
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 understand
The things you might teach me.
Let me learn the lessons you have hidden
In every leaf and rock.
I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother,
But to fight my greatest enemy, myself.
Make me always ready to come to you
With clear hands and straight eyes,
So when life fades, as the fading sunset,
My spirit may come to you without shame.
You may want to use Chief Yellow Lark’s prayer as your own prayer this Saturday.
Alternatively, you could give thanks for Earth, for its bounty and its beauty, with a prayer such as: “Thank you, God, for Earth. Thank you, God, for Earth, that gives and gives and gives to all of us. Thank you, God, for Earth, that loves us and that gives of its love unconditionally. Thank you, God, for the great beauty of this planet. Thank you, God, for the plant, animal, and mineral kingdoms of Earth. Thank you, God, for the unity of all life. Thank you, God, for our oneness with Earth and with all of the kingdoms of Earth. Thank you, God, for increasing the flow of love between me and Earth. Thank you, God, for increasing the flow of love between all humans and Earth. Thank you, God, for our love of this planet. Thank you, God, for Earth, our home.”
Love and Light,