A HOPI ELDER’S PRAYER

TO THE GREAT SPIRIT

 

O’ Great Spirit

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 greater than my Brother,

But to Understand 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.