Prayer for My People
by Beth Steinmann
Posted on October 16, 2015 by bsteinmann
I come before you today humbly, to ask your forgiveness
You see, my people are lost
My People! Those whom I love most dearly have lost the way to love
My People! Great Seers and Visionaries once found themselves in a time of growing struggle and strife
As the pain grew, they began to fear
In the darkness of their minds, they began to believe they had done wrong
And in their wrongdoing, deserved judgement. They began to believe they were not enough
This fear obscured their hearts’ truth, and, looking within, saw only darkness and turning without, saw only the same reflected
And thus, they embarked on a path of great destruction, turning to every corner of Earth and Sky and lashing out in anger at that which reminded them of their own pain
Oh My People! My people! In your pain, you attempted to stamp out cut down cut off burn down maim mangle rape kill and bury
That which gives and feeds life wishing, blindly hoping this would ease your pain!
My People, having long since forgotten the Ecstasy of Communion
In their isolation, began to feed on fear
You know the story.
This is why I come before you today humbly, with prayers for forgiveness in my heart
And with a message:
I am my people
Every seed of fear, misuse of power, act of hubris exists within the fertile ground of this human body
And because of you, I am learning to love this body
Because the openness of your gentle heart has stirred a remembrance within me,
I come before you with a great request
Please, see me as you
See me as you and all our people as Sacred People that we may face this sickness together, and that together, we may nurse this sickness back to health
Because the people are worthy
we are worthy of an invitation back into the Holy Circle
We are worthy of a return to greatness.
Oh, my people! You are loved! You are worthy of love! You are worthy of great beauty!
Come! Come and hear the sweet drumbeat and dance together!
Come and play and be among your relatives, in safety!
Come and draw near to the heart of the fire with all your ancestors and children
My People, with proud and shining faces, I see you for your beauty and strength! for your soft heart that beats the same color blood as mine blue like an eternal, circular river
We are all stirred by the same emotions, so embrace me, dear ones
And in this embrace, remember that love has never really left us
Remember that love is all there is.
posted October 2015 by bsteinmann
Beth Steinmann teaches the Earth Advocacy Apprenticeship--see our Education Page for information.