I met my Apache friend Billy Two Dog on a forum some time ago. When the Red Lake tragedy happened near
here I looked up my email list to see if I couldn't reach him since that Forum is no longer active. I did and I
am so grateful to have not lost contact. I told my kids I had heard from him and they said "Apache Mom- for
real?" Yeah kids- for real! "He's your friend?!" They said. Surely yes, I'd say- and my brother. Good heart.
Please see his comments on the Red Lake tragedy thread. Soon I will tell you some of the wonderful wisdom
he shared with me following a trip to Rapid City a while back. But today I will share a beautiful prayer he sent
today with his permission. And I say Welcome Back friend- I've missed you.
Song For The People
Grandfather, Great Spirit
I give you thanks
That we can sit here
In this circle of Life,
We send Prayers And the very best thoughts
Grandmother Great Spirit
As we raise this sacred pipe
To give thanks to you
And to all of your Creation,
We give thanks
To the spirit helpers
Who came and sat among us.
Grandfather, Most sacred one, These are your prayers
That we send to you
As we sit here together and pray
Grandmother your children are crying.
Grandfather your children are dying.
The hands of greed And the hands of lust for power
Have been laid on them
And all around is death and desolation
The gifts you made, for all your children
Stolen,And laid to waste
In a monstrous desecration.
Grandmother Great Spirit, As we sit and pray together
We send you this prayer of affirmation-We your children
whom you created in your likeness and image-We will reach out,
And we will dry our tearsAnd heal the hurts of each other.
Our sisters and brothers are hurting bad,And our children, they see no future.
We know Grandfather, that you gave us a sacred power,
But it seems like we don't know its purpose
So now we've learned as we sat together,The name of that power is love,
Invincible, irresistible, overwhelming power,
This power you gave us we are going to use,
We'll dry the tears of those who cry
And heal the hurts of them that are hurting.
Yes Grandmother,We'll give you our hands
And in our hearts and minds and bodies
We dedicate our lives to affirmation.
We will not wait nor hesitate,As we walk on this sacred earth
We will learn together to celebrate
The ways of peace, and harmony, and tranquillity,
And in the world around us.
Thank you Grandfather for this prayer.