your blessing bend my knees in thanksgiving

Note from Coni – this has been a favorite of mine – I love Howard’s Work~
I read it often~ Have a beautiful and wonderful Thanksgivings~
From a Song For Mother Earth by Howard Rainer
teach me with the words
of a wise owl,
the wisdom of many winters.
Teach me
the lessons of one
who has walked in balance
and the source of that strength,
Tell me Grandfather,
Who rules the universe ?
and what is the meaning of Mother Earth ?
Teach me,
that I may come to know
The Circle of Understanding
by one connected to the Creator
beyond the clouds….
My spirit wearies
walking in two worlds.
I plant my feet in two faiths,
wanting only peace.
My ears hear words
spoken in two tongues,
neither understanding the other.
Confusion circles my mind,
two cultures clashing with their might,
each demanding my allegiance.
The conflict tears at my heart.
My learning becomes a whirlwind,
teachings swirling in every direction.
Which voice speaks the truth ?
My spirit wearies
walking in two worlds.
Who awaits me at the end ?
Creator God
You sent me in the cradle
of life an Indian,
I give thanks.
Relatives and relations
have blessed my path,
gratitude is for their teachings.
My journey on the Red Road continues;
the fires of friendship burn brightly in four directions.
Creator god, the giver of all life,
I give thanks,
your blessings bend my knees 
in thanksgiving

From the Native American author of Proud Moments comes a beautiful new book which portrays in dazzling photographs and authentic poetry the absolute bond between Mother Earth and the Native American community.

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