O’ 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
And my ears sharp
To hear your voice
Make me wise so I may see ever so clearly
The ways you have to teach me
Let me learn the lessons you have hidden
in every leaf and cloud
I seek your strength,
Not to be greater then my brother,
but to fight my greatest enemy… Myself
Make me always ready to come to you
With clean hands And straight eyes
So when life fades, as the fading sunset,
My spirit may come to you without shame.

(The Native American Prayer is attributed to Chief Yellow Lark, Lakota Nation.)