CHINOOK BLESSING

We call upon the earth, our planet home, with its beautiful depths
and soaring heights, its vitality and abundance of life, and together
we ask that it:
Teach us, and show us the way.

We call upon the mountains, the Cascades and the Olympics,
the high green valleys and meadows filled with wild flowers,
the snows that never melt, the summits of intense silence
and we ask that they:
Teach us, and show us the way.

We call upon the waters that rim the earth, horizon to horizon,
that flow in our rivers and streams,
that fall upon our gardens and fields, and ask that they:
Teach us, and show us the way.

We call upon the land which grows our food,
the nurturing soil, the fertile fields,
the abundant gardens and orchards, and we ask that they:
Teach us, and show us the way.

We call upon the forests, the great trees reaching strongly to the sky
with earth in their roots and heavens in their branches,
the fir and the pine and the cedar, and we ask them to:
Teach us, and show us the way.

We call upon the creatures of the fields and forests and the seas,
our brothers and sisters, the wolves and deer, the eagle and dove,
the great whales and the dolphin, the beautiful orca and salmon
who share our Northwest home, and we ask them to:
Teach us, and show us the way.

We call upon all those who have lived on this earth,
our ancestors, and our friends, who dreamed the best for future generations
and upon whose lives our lives are built,
and with thanksgiving, we call upon them to:
Teach us, and show us the way.

And lastly, we call upon all that we hold most sacred,
the presence and power of the Great Spirit of love
and truth which flows through all the universe...to be with us:
Teach us, and show us the way.

USED BY PERMISSION - Whidbey Institute at Chinook