Thanksgiving & The Great Mystery

Great Spirit of these lands and the lands of afar,
We stand humbled in your mighty presence
Your great gifts of fire, water, wind, and earth,
They provide us with life and the means to reproduce
It was by your will that we exist in this world
And we offer thanks and endless gratitude
High above, the night circle of light shines
The Great Grandmother who watches over us
Surrounded by the infinite expanse of infinity
And yet never far from our needful callings
In each step we take, our memories are stirred
The Great Grandfather’s who first walked here
Communing with the lands and forest creatures
Learning the sacred wisdom and sharing it freely
To those ancestors, we offer our thanks and gratitude
To the Four Winds and our great brother the Sun
Stands of noble trees and fields of plenty
Animals, birds, flowers, and pools of sacred waters
With great reverence, we offer our thanks and gratitude
To the Three Sisters called Corn, Beans, and Squash
Yes, we know you well for the strength provided
For the herbs and berries and the sacred keys
We are thankful for the secrets of healing medicine
For our clan and our people and their generations
Their prosperity is only by your invisible hand
Our spirituality guided and our souls nurtured
As we spend this lifetime in service to one another
Nothing eternal can emerge from a life of darkness
We are forever thankful for the light of day
Until the last days of our earthly existence
And the first day of our next lifetime
We shall forever be indebted to those ancestors
Who stepped forward without fear or concern
To bear the ultimate gift of pure love
One human being touching the soul of another
With comfort and great care they came
Sharing the power of the Great Mystery

Additional Reading

Full Beaver Moon – A Thanksgiving Night Treat in 2018

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R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

3 thoughts on “Thanksgiving & The Great Mystery

  • November 14, 2018 at 9:45 AM

    Ralph, I love this prayer to Great Spirit. I have a strong affinity to the Native American tribes and your verse has touched my heart and soul. Beautiful work. Thank you for sharing.

  • November 14, 2018 at 11:26 PM

    I’ve always respected and been inspired by Native American beliefs and their connection to the land and life. Great work and sentiments Ralph.

  • November 3, 2019 at 11:06 PM

    Beautiful respect and homage to existance. I especially love the line ” Nothing eternal can emerge from a life of darkness” so reflective on so many levels. Thank you for sharing your wisdom.


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