O Great Spirit

O Great Spirit
whose breath gives life to all the world,
hear me!
I am the small and weak.
I need your Strength and Wisdom.

Let me walk in Beauty, and make my eyes
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 that I may understand
the things You have taught
my people.
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 clean hands and straight eyes

So when life fades, as the fading sunset,
my spirit may come to You
without shame.

Indian prayer