Great Spirit

Sep 8, 2023

Have you noticed the beautiful sunrises and sunsets in your corner of the world lately? It often makes you just stop in your tracks to stare above, right? Let’s take a few quiet moments to offer a Native American prayer of gratitude for God’s gift of beautiful nature around us today.


Oh, Great Spirit,prayer, meditation

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 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 superior to 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 will come to you

without shame.

~ Chief Yellow Lark (Lakota American Indian)