An Ojibwa prayer
” Oh, Great Spirit,
whose voice I hear in the winds,
and whose breath gives life to all the world, hear me!
I come to you as one of your many children; I am weak…
I am small…I need your wisdom and your strength.
Let me walk in beauty,
and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunsets.
Make my hands respect the things you have made,
and make my ears sharp so I may hear your voice.
Make me wise
so I may understand the things you have taught my people.
Let me learn
the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock.
I ask for wisdom and strength
not to be greater than my brothers
and sisters, but to fight my greatest enemy—myself.
Make me always ready
to come before you with clean hands and a straight eye,
So as life fades away, as a fading sunset,
my spirit may come to you without shame. ”