Dear Every Single One of You,I happened upon this wonderful Native American Woman's Prayer in the back of my seminary notebook while actually searching for a Rumi quote I wanted to share with you. (I'll keep looking for the Rumi quote, but in the meantime, with special emphasis on the 3rd verse:)
Great Spirit, I am Mother. I was made by You so that the image of Your love Could be brought into existence. May I always carry with me The sacredness of this honor.
Creator, I am Daughter. I am the learner of Traditions. May I carry them forward So that the Elders and Ancestors Will be remembered for all time.
Maker-Of-All-Things, I am Sister. Through me, may my brothers be shown The manner in which I am to be respected. May I join with my Sisters in strength and power as a Healing Shield So that they will no longer bear the stain of abuse.
Niskam, I am Committed Partner. One who shares her spirit, But is wise to remember never to give it away, Lest it become lost, And the two become less than one.
I am woman. Hear me. Welal'in. Ta'ho!