In a prayer offered by an Ojibway elder, themes of brokenness, restoration, and balance with all of creation are present. From a North American First-Nations/Native American perspective, we can begin to see these themes in a new light within our own communities.

Grandfather,
Look at our brokenness.
We Know that in all creation
Only the human family
Has strayed from the Sacred Way.

We know that we are the ones
Who are divided,
And we are the ones
Who must come back together
To walk in the Sacred Way.

Grandfather,
Sacred One,
Teach us love, compassion and honour
That we may heal he earth
And heal each other.

(Prayer offered at The Meaning of Life: A Multifaith Consultation, Mauritius, January 25-February 3, 1983. As cited in Towards an Intercultural Theology, 56.)

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