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Black Elk, James Allen, Thomas Merton, John Shelby Spong, Beth Moore


Dear Readers,

Black Elk was a Holy Man of the Oglala Lakota nation who eventually
merged his Native American spirituality with Christianity. He found
no contradiction in the two religions and experienced a number of
profound visions. His prayer on today's site overflows with power
and depth. I invite you to examine each phrase - even each word.

To get you started, ponder the way he addresses God; first in a
tender and familiar way, "Grandfather" and second, with awe, as
"Great Spirit." Then he humbles himself in his own "feeble voice."
And is there a more complete description of Almighty as "older
than all need, older than all prayer"? Don't overlook how Black
Elk defines the intersection of holiness. His prayer for the
journey of life we all walk is at once grounding and uplifting.

- Lisa

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Grandfather, Great Spirit,
once more behold me on earth
and lean to hear my feeble voice.
You lived first, and you are older than all need,
older than all prayer.
All things belong to you --
the two-legged, the four-legged,
the wings of the air,
and all green things that live.

You have set the powers of the four quarters
of the earth to cross each other.
You have made me cross the good road
and the road of difficulties,
and where they cross,
the place is holy.
Day in, day out, forevermore,
you are the life of things.

Black Elk (1863-1950)
Famous Holy Man of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux)


You cannot travel within
and stand without.

James Allen (1864-1912)
English inspirational writer


I will not fear, for You are ever with me,
and You will never leave me to face my perils alone.

Thomas Merton (1915-1968)
Trappist monk, activist, author


Send us anywhere in this world
You would have us go
Only go thou with us.

Place upon us any burden You desire
Only stand by us to sustain us.

Break any tie that binds us
Except the tie that binds us to thee.


John Shelby Spong (1931 - )
Liberal Episcopalian theologian

The Last Word:

To God, our journey is as
important as our destination.

Beth Moore (1957 -  )
American evangelist, author

































































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

You are what your deep driving desire is;
As your deep driving desire is, so is your will;
As your will is so is your deed;
As your deed is so is your destiny.

The Upanishads


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