Each Day a Gift

Quinn Blackburn

Bethel Park, United States

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“O’ Great Spirit,
Whose voice I hear in the winds,
And whose breath gives life to all the world,
hear me!
I am small and weak,
I need your
strength and wisdom.

Let Me Walk In Beauty, and make my eyes
ever behold the red and purple sunset.

Make My Hands Respect the things you have
made and my ears sharp to hear your voice.

Make Me Wise so that I may understand the
things you have taught my people.

Let Me Learn the lessons you have hidden
in every leaf and rock.

I Seek Strength, not to be greater than my
brother, but to fight my greatest

Make Me Always Ready to come to you with
clean hands and straight eyes.

So When Life Fades, as the fading sunset,
my spirit may come to you
without shame."

(translated by Lakota Sioux Chief Yellow Lark in 1887)
published in Native American Prayers – by the Episcopal Church

Sunrise and Sunset are two of the most beautiful times in any given day. While I don’t often make it for Sunrise, first thing in the morning and (work permitting) Sunset are times I set aside for at least a moment, preferably no less than 10 minutes, of quiet reflection and prayerful meditation. Especially at Sunset, I find myself carried away by the unique Beauty of the moment, and overwhelmed by feelings of gratitude that I am lucky enough to have such priceless gifts given to me every day as well as the senses to enjoy them. How wonderful is Life to wrap up each day in such brightly colored ribbons, never twice the same yet regular as clockwork throughout the year? How can any sorrow rule us when such joy is daily bread for eyes and soul?

“I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes. " ~e.e. cummings

(This shot was taken at the Mine Three subway stop in Bethel Park Pa)

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