On this Earth Day we offer these prayers spoken and sung. #EarthDay
A Sioux Prayer from Chief Yellow Lark (1887)
Oh, Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds,
Whose breath gives life to the world, hear me.
I come to you as one of your many children.
I am small and weak. I need your strength and wisdom.
May I walk in beauty.
Make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have made, and my ears sharp to your voice.
Make me wise, so that I may know the things you have taught your children,
The lessons you have written in every leaf and rock.
Make me strong,
Not to be superior to my brothers, but to fight my greatest enemy: myself.
Make me ever ready to come to you with straight eyes,
So that when life fades as the fading sunset,
May my spirit come to you without shame.
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Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes has gotten angry, racist backlash from white evangelical Christians for her piece "Prayer of a Weary Black Woman" in the book "A Rhythm of Prayer" edited by Sarah Bessey. Invited by her community, many people are posting videos of themselves reading her prayer to be in solidarity with her. Here is myself and Rev. D. Mark Blank, Pastor of Second Congregational Church in Bennington reading Dr. Walker-Barnes' powerful prayer. #solidarity4drchanequa ... See MoreSee Less