My Thoughts: And a Cherokee Prayer for Wisdom and Self-Control


Great Spirit,
Help me always to speak the truth quietly,
to listen with an open mind
when others speak,
and to remember the peace
that may be found in silence.
~Cherokee Prayer

When I am walking the trail, which I do almost daily, I know that Gods spirit is guiding me, and I realize that I am never alone. This gives me the strength to walk my life-path with confidence and the assurance that whatever decision I make in my life, God is leading me to a good place. I believe that each day, every step I make is part of my dance. I believe that I will always be known by the tracks I have made. If every day is a new dance, I am giving thanks daily for my new direction.

I know that others can never walk my path for me, and only I can walk in these shoes. Some may walk with me, but never walk it for me. For those who walk with me, I am grateful.

Praying in Seven Directions

Facing the east as the sun comes up.
Thanking You for a good new day.
Drinking from Your sacred cup.
Understanding what you say.

As I turn my attention to the south.
I ask You to bless the folks I love.
Both those that live away and within my house.
To give them Your peace from above.

My attention goes to the west.
And I pray for those who protect us all.
Help them through every test.
Give them strength when they fall.

Facing north it’s the end of the day.
Protect those that are heading home,
protect them as they go their way.
Give them rest that You have shown.

I then look down and thank you for our earth.
For everything that lives here and feeds us all.
Everything that grows and gives birth,
all living things both large and small.

Then I look to the sky.
The sun, the moon, and all the stars
And I have to ask You, why?
All this beauty is it really ours?

The seventh direction is in my heart.
Where Your Holy Spirit lives.
For giving me a new star,
with all help your Spirit gives

Thank You, Jesus!

My Morning Prayer: Prayer for a New Day

Prayer For a New Day
By Howard Ball

Thank you great spirit for walking with me
Thank you for what you teach me from day to day
All of the beauty in nature that I see
Help me to walk a good path, I pray

I need your strength to face tomorrow
To do my best in what I do
I really don’t have much sorrow
When I concentrate on You

When I come to a fork in the road
Help me know which way to go
Teach me to pay back what is owed
What I reap is what I sow

You are always within my heart
Helping me to find my way
Guiding my footsteps from the start
As I move through every day

Thank You, Father

My Thoughts: God Bless America

Heavenly Father, I pray for our country and that our leaders will make wise decisions with Your direction. “In God we trust” I pray for peace and understanding without judgement for all of America and the world. I pray for all of those who are suffering with loss of loved ones, homes, and property in America, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and more due to storms, earth quakes, and wild fires. I pray for those who are grieving the horrors of the recent mass shootings. Father, we live in scary times and never have we needed Your guidance more. I pray for Your will to be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven. ~Amen

I am thankful to live in the land of the free.

I have always loved this American favorite patriotic song, God Bless America, written by Irving Berlin during World War I.

My Thoughts: Love is the Answer, Cherokee Prayer, and Bible Verses on Love!

The Bible addresses the topic of LOVE many times. It is so easy to pass judgment. We all do it continually and it often leads to fear, which leads to hatred and more. I’m striving to replace my judgment with love. Here are a few verses that I find helpful to remember when I am tempted to start judging those whom I do not understand.

Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers all wrongs. ~Proverbs 10:12

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born from a time of adversity. ~Proverbs 17:17

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. ~1 John 3:16-18

Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. ~Romans 13:10

Cherokee Prayer

A simple, yet profound Cherokee prayer. Have a peaceful day!

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.
~James 1:19

O’ Great Spirit
help me always
to speak the truth quietly,
to listen with an open mind
when others speak,
and to remember the peace
that may be found in silence.
~Cherokee Prayer

Native American Version of the Twenty Third Psalm (Psalm 23)

Please take a moment to listen to my latest recording (scroll to bottom of post) as I recite the Native American Version of the 23rd Psalm. I am also playing Amazing Grace on the flute in the background.
howard_regalia_tp“I will go to live in the “Big Tepee” and sit down with my Shepherd Chief forever.”

THE GREAT FATHER above is a Shepherd Chief. I am His, and with him I want not.

He throws out to me a rope, and the name of the rope is Love, and He draws me to where the grass is green, and the water not dangerous, and I lie down satisfied.

Sometimes my heart grows weak and falls down, but He lifts it up again and draws me into a good road. His name is Wonderful.

Sometime, it may be soon, it may be a long, long time – He will draw me into a place between these mountains. It is dark here, but I shall not draw back. I shall be afraid not, for it is between these mountains that the Shepherd Chief will meet me, and the hunger that I have felt in my heart all through this life will be satisfied.

Sometimes He makes the love rope into a whip, but afterwards He gives me a staff to lean upon.

He spreads a table before me with all kinds of food. He puts His hand upon my head and all the “tired is gone.” My cup, He fills till it runs over.

What I tell is true. Doubt not. These roads that are “away ahead” will stay with me all through this life, and afterwards I will go to live in the “Big Tepee” and sit down with my Shepherd Chief forever.~Psalm 23 (Native American Version)

This was read at my father’s funeral in 1978. Dad founded Ball and Dodd Funeral  Home in Spokane, Washington in 1939. He loved the Indian people and he loved this version of the twenty third Psalm.

His first project after starting the funeral business, was to relocate all of the Indian graves that were going to be covered by water when the Grand Coulee Dam was built.  All of the sacred burial sites would be relocated before the dam was finished. He removed just over 1300 graves and relocated them above the pending water line. The lake that was created was called Lake Roosevelt. During this project he became a friend of Jim James. James was the Chief of the San Poil People. (See my blog post, Echoes of Yesterday telling more about this project and the documentary that was made about this important part of American History.)

The picture below shows Dad, Chief James, and some of his family and friends. Dad always told me how much he respected Chief James.


Chief James is in the hat on the right.
Dad (Howard T. Ball) is in the second row next to him.

Sometimes it is hard to remember some of the good times we had as children, but the memories of this project as told by my father, will always remain in my heart. The Colville, the Kalispel, and the Spokane people have become lifetime friends and I still enjoy their friendships as I move through life.


Chief James, Howard T. Ball (Dad), Henry Covington

I have spent the last 16 years of my life dancing at the local pow wows and getting involved with the local native people. Learning about their beliefs, their customs, and their history.

Please take a moment to listen to my latest recording as I recite the Native American Version of the 23rd Psalm. I am also playing Amazing Grace on the flute in the background.

For more recordings of my poems, prayers, and flute music, please visit my Flute Sounds page.

      Native American Version of Psalm 23

Praying For America, My Prayer For Today

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Today I am praying for our broken Nation, praying for all of my friends and relatives; thanking our Creator for everything that is positive that he has created for our world. We all need to pray for our leaders including Donald Trump! Please join me! Thanks.

Thinking of Those Who Have Gone Before Us

Feeling sad
Dancing at one of our local pow wows and remembering the years past

As I get older, I realize that many of the friends I’ve socialized with are no longer with me. I know we all lose friends and family as the years go by. I want to thank each of mine for sharing their lives with me. When I hear the drums and the native singing, it causes me to reflect on how much I miss them and how grateful I am for each and every one. The sound of this beautiful, haunting music has been on our earth for many thousands of years and has been passed down from generation to generation; honoring and celebrating every passing soul, as well as those still living.

Sometimes fellow dancers will ask me, “Why do you look so sad?” I tell them that I am remembering the past, and that I am reminded of how each new day is a gift from our Creator, and that as we walk the path we chose, we are directed daily to be grateful and to make good decisions.

I am trying not to put too much emphasis on the past, concentrating instead on being grateful and making each new day a positive one; knowing that if I am fortunate enough to experience another day, I will make the most of it!

I believe that each new day is like a dance, from the time we get up until we go to sleep. I pray for a good dance each day.

Prayer for the Day

PRAYING BY MY TEE PEE_med

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Spirit, Almighty Healer, and Creator of all things, large and small,

It is with a humbled heart that we gather together to offer up to you, many thanks. We thank you for each new day of life granted to us, that we may continue to perform the works you have asked us to do.

We thank you for those who may come to us for a short time, to give us the answers and insight we seek.

We thank you for family and friends throughout the four corners, who provide us with the support and comfort we need.

We thank you for each child born, for they are the future generation.

We thank you for the wisdom ingrained within us. We thank you for the blessed wisdom and instruction in your word.

For the numerous stars, nebulas and galaxies of the mysterious Universe that surrounds us, we thank you.

We thank you for the rising of Grandfather Sun each new dawn.

We thank you for the budding of the cherry blossom trees in the spring.

We thank you for the beauty of the lotus and orchid flowers.

We thank you for the richness of the soil where the crops flourish. For the summer lightning storms that bring the needed nitrates to the earth, we thank you.

We thank you for the mighty Oak trees and the knowledge that each plant provides its own seeds for future planting. We thank you for the understanding of the life of the trees, as we gaze upon the veins of the Maple leaf.

We thank you for the life-blood of all living things as it flows from snow-capped mountains. We thank you for all two-leggeds, four-leggeds, swimmers, fliers and crawlers that inhabit Mother Earth.

We thank you for our Elders and the lessons of life in their stories, and the wisdom they impart to the younger generation. May respect once again enter into the minds of all that listen.

We thank you for our pets that remain with us to give us the comfort and friendship we desire.

We thank you for music that transcends all understanding throughout the four corners.

We thank you for your love, forgiveness, strength, courage, and comfort.

Emenv (Amen)

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Prayer of Thanksgiving

My Prayer of Thanks For the Special Voices of Each of My Flutes!

THE SONG OF THE FLUTES

Thank you for my flutes,
each playing with a different voice,
Thank you for the different woods
that come from Mother Earth
and give their lives for us.
Listen to their songs
and receive them
As a prayer.
THANK YOU, FATHER.
Amen