O Great life-giving Spirit
whose commanding voice I hear the winds
and whose warm breath gives life to all the world.
one seven-billionth of the humans on planet earth.
I am a natural part of the universe –
as natural and necessary as the rocks,
the trees, the birds and the mice
no more important – nor any less.
Let me walk in beauty
let my spirit see the dynamic spirit of life in all that exists
with no prejudice or malice toward any creation.
May I begin to remember who I am in the natural order of things
as I stand in my own shallow pool of time
May I come to know what time it is
in my life and in all life.
Great Spirit of Love,
Connect my heart to my head.
Make me wise
that I may understand the things you have taught all people.
in every heart close or far from my own.
Make me courageous when the cold winds of life fall upon me.
Give me strength and endurance for everything that is harsh
everything that hurts
everything that makes me squint and wince.
I seek strength not to be greater or lesser than my brother or sister
but to remove the tough and slimy obstacles to equality
that has made their home inside myself.
Prepare me to move through life ready to take what comes.
Comfort me and caressed me when I am tired and old.
the way your gentle breezes unfold the leaves on trees.
O Spirit of Creation
make me always ready to come to you with clean hands
and straight eyes
so that when life fades as the fading sunset
my spirit may come to you without shame.
Let me remember every day that the moment will come
when my sun will go down
my river will join the vast ocean
and this rock which is bounced along so many bumps
will finally come to rest.
Give me a great sky for setting into
a crystal-clean ocean for flowing into
and an unpolluted earth for my final resting place.
And when it is time for me to join the earth again
May I come steadily and with glory.