Native American Version of the 23rd Psalm

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 eat and am satisfied.

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

Sometime, and it may be very soon,
it may be very long, long in time
He will draw me into a valley.
It is dark there, but I’ll be afraid not,
for it is in between those mountains
that the Shepherd Creator will meet me
and the hunger that I have in my heart
all through this life will be satisfied.

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.
I lie not.

These roads that are away ahead
will stay with me through life and after,
and afterwards I will go to live
in the Big Tepee and sit down
with the Shepherd Chief forever.

So be it.

~Author Unknown


from Turtle Zen


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