american indian prayer

O' Great Spirit:

Let me always remember,

how soft and damp the grass feels beneath my feet.

Let me greet with respect the elder when we meet.

Let me see you in the things I find wrong.

Let me hear you in the chant of the warrior's song.

Let my touch be gentle when I strike out.

Let my voice be a whisper when I really want to shout.

Let me step lightly when the going is tough.

Let me ride the waves when the water is rough.

Let me remember you are always there.

Then, Great Spirit, I will not despair.

Alberta Marie Gurno Downwind
(Woman Standing in the Back Watching)