Navajo Indian Prayer

Great Spirit,
Whose voice I hear in the winds
And whose breath gives life to all the world, hear me!
I am small and weak,
I need your strength and wisdom.

Let me walk in beauty* and make my eyes
Ever behold the red and purple sunsets!
Make my hands respect the things you have made
And my ears sharp to hear your voice!
Make me wise so that I may understand
The things you have taught my people!
Let me learn the lessons you have hidden
In every leaf and rock!

I seek strength, not to be superior to my brothers,
But to fight my greatest enemy – myself!
Make me always ready to come to you
With clean hands and straight eyes,
So when my life fades, as the fading sunset,
My spirit can come to you
Without shame!

*To a Navajo, to “walk in beauty” simply means to be happy and to have peace of mind and peace with oneself; to be happy and at peace with others; to be happy and at peace with the environment and the world; and to be happy and at peace with the Great Spirit.

By Alexander Light,;