Saturday, April 29, 2006

A PRAYER FROM THE TREES

Sahalie Falls on the McKenzie River about forty five minutes from Springfield. Sahalie Falls is just above Koosah Falls. Both were named at some point by members of the Chinook tribe. Found this lovely little prayer in American Indian Healing Arts.

May all I say and all I think
be in harmony with thee,
God within me, God beyond me,
maker of the trees.
 
In me be the windswept truth of shore pine,
fragrance of balsam and spruce, the grace of hemlock.
In me the truth of Douglas fir, straight, tall,
strong-trunked land hero of fireproof bark.
Sheltering tree of life, decar's truth be mine,
cypress truth, juniper aroma, strength of yew.
 
May all I say and all I think
be in harmony with thee,
God within me, God beyond me,
maker of the trees.
 
In me be the truth of stream-lover willow, soil-giving alder,
hazel of sweet nuts, wisdom-branching oak.
In me the joy of crab apple, great maple, vine maple,
cleansing cascara, and lovely dogwood.
And the gracious truth of the copper branched arbutus,
bright with color and fragrance, be with me on the earth.
 
May all I say and all I think
be in harmony with thee,ranched arbutus,
bright with color and fragrance,be with me on the earth.
God within me, God beyond me,
maker of the trees.
-Chinook prayer
 

3 comments:

toonguykc said...

Trees have stories to tell us.  These elders in my yard were here before I was even born.  I show respect.

Love,
Russ

lisaram1955 said...

I could just see and smell all of those trees.  Lisa  :-]

lisaram1955 said...

Oh...and, lovely picture.  I knew it looked familiar...  :-]