Like Ancient People on a Quest

Like ancient people on a quest

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn (1998)
Published in 1 hymnal

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Like ancient people on a quest
to find a vision clear,
we come, Great Spirit, now to seek
your will and blessing here.

Grant us your wisdom to discern
the right path from the wrong,
to choose the way you set for us,
though it be hard and long.

We ask for courage to accept
the things we cannot change,
to be responsive to new tasks
so difficult and strange.

We pray for generosity,
a willingness to share
all that we have with gratitude
for your kind love and care.

Great Spirit, God, Wakantanka,
we send these prayers on high,
like smoke from sweet grass rises up
or eagles mount the sky.

Like you, may we respect the earth,
the air, the sky, the sea,
and treat each living thing as one
with our own family.

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn

Mary Nelson Keithahn, a United Church of Christ minister and church education specialist, works out of her home in Rapid City, South Dakota as a curriculum writer-editor, journalist, and lyricist for musical dramas and anthems. She has also written over eighty hymns, and her texts are included in hymnals or supplements published by the Advent Christian Church, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Faith Alive Christian Resources, Alternatives for Simple Living/Selah, Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church, United Church of Canada and the United Methodist Church. Mary is a Life Member and former board member of Choristers Guild and a Life Member of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. She is also a member of ASCAP. --mnk Go to person page >

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First Line: Like ancient people on a quest
Title: Like Ancient People on a Quest
Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn (1998)
Source: The Song Lingers On
Notes: The text uses a Lakota ritual as a metaphor for meditation and prayer


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