Last night, we celebrated with the good folks from far away who have been working so hard on the church at On the Tree, and offering a bible camp here in town. How a people who have so little can give so very much.... A quilt for every man working on the church, beaded work for all the women. One quilt --the star was made of tipis. It was given to the man who lead with experience and imagination the restructuring of the foundation and sills at the church. Amazing work, that.
There was a prayer offered in Lakota and then English --I wish I could remember all he said, but I was moved to tears.
And then a song (which is also and always prayer) was offered --and it was powerful --Thank you Great Spirit, Grandfather, for my family and relatives; have pity on us. It is hard to be Lakota.
The children that were there ran and laughed and cried and played hard --adding their own prayers in that way.
More tears. More thanksgiving. Lots of hand-shaking. We ended the evening with singing the Doxology --in English and Lakota together --it was wonderful. A joyful noise before Grandfather.
At prayer this morning (Psalm 107:33-43)
The LORD changed rivers into deserts, *
and water-springs into thirsty ground,
A fruitful land into salt flats, *
because of the wickedness of those who dwell there.
He changed deserts into pools of water *
and dry land into water-springs.
He settled the hungry there, *
and they founded a city to dwell in.
They sowed fields, and planted vineyards, *
and brought in a fruitful harvest.
He blessed them, so that they increased greatly; *
he did not let their herds decrease.
Yet when they were diminished and brought low, *
through stress of adversity and sorrow,
(He pours contempt on princes *
and makes them wander in trackless wastes)
He lifted up the poor out of misery *
and multiplied their families like flocks of sheep.
The upright will see this and rejoice, *
but all wickedness will shut its mouth.
Whoever is wise will ponder these things, *
and consider well the mercies of the LORD.
Amen. Amen. Amen.
Off I go.