Dear Every Single One of You,
I happened upon this wonderful Native American Woman's Prayer in the back of my seminary notebook while actually searching for a Rumi quote I wanted to share with you. (I'll keep looking for the Rumi quote, but in the meantime, with special emphasis on the 3rd verse:)
Great Spirit, I am Mother.
I was made by You so that the image of Your love
Could be brought into existence.
May I always carry with me
The sacredness of this honor.
Creator, I am Daughter.
I am the learner of Traditions.
May I carry them forward
So that the Elders and Ancestors
Will be remembered for all time.
Maker-Of-All-Things, I am Sister.
Through me, may my brothers be shown
The manner in which I am to be respected.
May I join with my Sisters in strength and power as a Healing Shield
So that they will no longer bear the stain of abuse.
Niskam, I am Committed Partner.
One who shares her spirit,
But is wise to remember never to give it away,
Lest it become lost,
And the two become less than one.
I am woman.