a digital library of Unitarian Universalist biographies, history, books, and media
the digital library of Unitarian Universalism
Home » Poetry, Prayers & Visual Arts » Sioux Indian Prayers

Sioux Indian Prayers


Great Spirit,

The star nations all over the heavens are Yours,

And Yours are the grasses of the earth.

You are older than all need,

Older than all pain and prayer.

Great Spirit,

Teach us to walk the soft earth as relatives to all that live.


Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds and whose breath gives life to the whole world, I come before You as one of Your many children.

Grant me to walk in beauty and that my eyes may ever behold the crimson sunset.

May my hands treat with respect the things which You have created.

May my ears hear Your voice.

Make me wise that I may understand what You have hidden in every leaf and every rock.

I long for strength not to conquer others but to conquer myself.

May I ever come to You with pure hands and candid eyes, so that my spirit, when life disappears like the setting sun, may stand unashamed before You.


Series Navigation<< Vincent P. Silliman: Morning So Fair To SeeSociety for Promoting Christian Knowledge: Prayers >>

Notable in UU History
Benjamin Peirce

Peirce, Benjamin (1809-1880)

A professor of mathematics, astronomy, and natural philosophy at Harvard from 1833 until his death, Peirce ... Read More
Vashti McCollum

McCollum, Vashti Cromwell (1916-2006)

Biographical Introduction Vashti Ruth Cromwell, named for the queen of Ahasuerus in the first book of ... Read More
Charles Francis Adams IV

Charles Francis Adams IV

Charles Francis Adams IV (1910-1999) was a U.S. electronics industrialist. He served as the first president ... Read More
Portrait of Samuel McChord Crothers. From the First Parish in Cambridge Archives.

The Church in Harvard Square: For an Industrial Society

For an Industrial Society Samuel McChord Crothers (1857-1927) was well known in his own days as ... Read More