Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!


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 an 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 stars, which have given to us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to our grandfather He-no, that he has protected his grandchildren from [evildoers] 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, circa 1800s

I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving Day surrounded by those you love. And please know that on this day I am most thankful for you and your kind comments on this blog. Have a wonderful day and don't forget, tomorrow is the National Day of Listening. Go HERE to learn more and record a precious conversation with someone you love.

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving JeriAnn!!

Beautiful poem, I'm going to copy it to my favorite words journal...