Returning Thanks


We return thanks to our mother, the earth,
which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams,
which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs,
which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and stars,
which have given to us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to the sun,
that has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit,
in Whom is embodied all goodness,
and Who directs all things for the good of Her children.

source: Iroquois
image: Bing Images/The First Thanksgiving

reposted from: ETH November 21, 2012


29 thoughts on “Returning Thanks

  1. Love this poem as it exemplifies a different take on Thanksgiving, one that is not taught to our children nowadays. On my latest blog entry I share my views about Thanksgiving, I invite you to read it and leave a comment. BTW, love the pictures on A Native American Woman in Art.

    • Pleased to meet you La Potosina and welcome. Your kind remarks concerning “A Native American Woman in Art” are greatly appreciated.
      Thank you very much for following; I will stop by soon and look for the post you are referring to.

  2. And thank you too Eddie, what lovely thoughts on appreciation. I say Amen to that. Wishing you a happy thanksgiving also.

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