A Native American Prayer from the Earth


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This beautiful Native American prayer was sent to me this morning by a Native American prayer group that I belong to.  It seemed very appropriate to share it as we think about the brokenness of creation  

Earth Teach Me to Remember
   Earth teach me stillness
   as the grasses are stilled with light.
   Earth teach me suffering
   as old stones suffer with memory.
   Earth teach me humility
   as blossoms are humble with beginning.
   Earth Teach me caring
   as the mother who secures her young.
   Earth teach me courage
   as the tree which stands alone.
   Earth teach me limitation
   as the ant which crawls on the ground.
   Earth teach me freedom
   as the eagle which soars in the sky.
   Earth teach me resignation
   as the leaves which die in the fall.
   Earth teach me regeneration
   as the seed which rises in the spring.
   Earth teach me to forget myself
   as melted snow forgets its life.
   Earth teach me to remember kindness
   as dry fields weep in the rain.

   Ute, North American

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12 Responses

  1. Christine, I confess this prayer, while beautifully written and very poetic, troubles me. I can appreciate it from an aesthetic sense, but I could never use it as a prayer myself.

    I don’t believe Christians should pray to any created thing instead of to the Creator Himself. The Bible is full of reminders that “the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.” The Lord not only made the earth, He will be its judge, and the current heavens and earth will pass away. The earth is broken, suffering the curse of the fall, as do we. I am not sure the earth is somehow purer than we humans or able to instruct us about God, though it DOES testify about God, and declare His beauty.

    I would find it more appropriate to pray to the Father and ask Him to let us learn the lessons He wants to teach us about who He is through what He has revealed of Himself in creation instead of praying to the “Earth” itself.

    –Karen

    • Karen,
      I understand what you mean and I agree that we should not pray to the earth or to any other than God. However i do believe that God is revealed in the creation and I suppose as I read this prayer I am very aware that these lessons are lessons about the character of God – so what I love about it is the revelation of God through the earth.

  2. Thank you for a beautiful prayer Christine. We have to remember that what we Christians know and refer to as God is also referred to as Universe, Source, Earth, Allah, etc all depending on your religious belief and culture.

    I believe that we all believe in the same higher power and the name is irrelevant. God is in all of us. The closest I feel to God is when I take time out of my day to quiet my mind and meditate.

  3. Sonia,
    I do believe that some people worship the one true God without really understanding who or what they are worshipping but I do think too that the fullest revelation of the Most High God as early Celtic Christians referred to God as is in the person of Jesus Christ. God is definitely present in all of us – we are all made in the image of God but I struggle with the idea that all roads lead to Rome as it were and it doesn’t really matter what our god looks like. Some gods are easy to follow because they do not make any demands on us – I believe that Jesus does. He calls us to repentance and a transformed life in which we no longer live for ourselves but to serve him and our fellow human beings.

  4. You debate over religion…we will all find out the truth in our own time…why argue now?

  5. For those who fear there is separation.

  6. Just wanted to say that many many Native American prayer sites, include prayers which are not Native American at all.. one needs only read them to know they were written by a non-native.. & written in a way that they feel it would be written by an indigenous person. Many words and phrases that we would not use. The sentiment is there.. don’t get me wrong.

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