Grandfather, Great Spirit,
you have always been, and before you nothing has been.
There is no one to pray to but you.
The star nations all over the heaven are yours,
and yours are the grasses of the earth.
You are older than all need, older than all pain and prayer.
Grandfather, Great Spirit, fill us with light.
Give us strength to understand and eyes to see.
Teach us to walk the soft earth as relatives to all that live.
Help us, for without you we are nothing. Amen.
(Ruth Duck, U.S.A. 20th Cent., Alt.)
From "The United Methodist Book of Worship"
April 6 is Native American Awareness Sunday in the United Methodist Church