Thursday, February 16, 2012

Iroquois Prayer

Today I'd like to share the following beautiful prayer with you.  Its depth and beauty touched my heart.  Hope it does the same for you.  Too bad so many tend to forget what gratitude is all about.

We return thanks to our mother, the earth, which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams,which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs,
which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the corn,
and to her sisters, the beans and squash, which give us life.
We return thanks to the bushes and trees, which provide us with fruit.
We return thanks to the wind
which, moving the air, has banished diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and the stars,
which have given us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to our grandfather He-no,
that he has protected his grandchildren from witches and reptiles,
and has given to us his rain.
We return thanks to the sun,
that he has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit,
in whom is embodied all goodness,
and who directs all things for the good of his children.

Iroquois Prayer from the 1800's

I returned to work on Monday.  I still have pain, but it is gradually lessening.  This week vanity has been playing second fiddle to comfort.  I've been using my cane to get around this week.  Painful as it may be, I am grateful for the ability to still get around...and as much as I may gripe about my job, I'm grateful that I still  have one.  Who knows where we would be if I wasn't working?  I'm also grateful that the pain at night has been abating, and sleep has become less elusive. 

Hopefully, in the near future, hubby will be back to work.  Keep your fingers crossed and say a little prayer.  It's been hard on me carrying this load for so many months.  It also gets depressing when you bust your butt and cannot afford anything for yourself.  So, hubby went for his second interview in a place he 'really' would like to work.  It looks pretty promising, but I've also learned not to count my chickens until they are hatched.

I give thanks to our great Mother for never giving me more than I can bear.


  1. Ooooo, got my fingers crossed for the Hubz! And glad your sciatica is starting to settle down.

  2. sending good thoughts and the best of luck to hubby ♥

  3. I'm glad to hear the pain is easing. And vanity be damned, thank goodness the cane helps you get around. The native americans prayers and spiritual sayings are always profound and deeply moving, as they take into account all of Nature. (except for the part about being "protected from witches" that is)

    1. mary, glad the pain is a little better. also glad that you are using the cane, when it can be of use. i use a walking stick which husband made for me, when going between our-and-son's house, in winter.

      and if i had to be doing all the walking you do, i'd be using a cane too.

      thank you for noticing my new blog look. it is very diff for me, since i don't resonate with blue. but that pic, just called to me, to use for a header pic. and it has some blue in it. so....... :-)

      please excuse the no-caps. I have a hard time on my husband's lap top and this makes it quicker.

      Oh best wishes for your husband's job!!!!!

      A novel is never anything but a philosophy put into images." ~Albert Camus

  4. Good luck to the hubby, and I often give thanks to The Goddess for only giving me what I can handle.

  5. Really beautiful prayer, keeping you in my thoughts/prayers for fast healing and less pain and that your husband gets the job. You are not a lone and you are loved. Natalie@