Ches Martin (ches_martin@QUICKMAIL.CLEMSON.EDU)
Fri, 1 Nov 1991 16:45:03 U
Reply to: RE> Prayer
Following are two of my favorites. Be careful with the first one, the Indian
version of the Lord's prayer. The Lord's Prayer, regardless of the words, may
be suitable only in a Christian environment.
THE LORD'S PRAYER
"Great Spirit, whose tepee is the sky
and whose hunting ground is the earth,
Mighty and fearful are you called.
Ruler over storms, over men
and birds and beasts,
Have your way over all --
Over earthways as over skyways.
Find us this day our meat and corn,
That we may be strong and brave.
And put aside from us our wicked ways
as we put aside the bad works of them
who do us wrong.
And let us not have such troubles
as lead us into crooked roads,
But keep us from all evil,
For yours is all that Is --
the earth and the sky;
the streams, the hills
and the valleys, the stars,
the moon, and the sun, and
all that live and breathe.
Wonderful, shining, mighty Spirit."
-- Arthur F. Giere
A SCOUTER'S PRAYER
"Build me a Scout, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak
and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid; one who will be proud and
unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory...
Build me a Scout whose wishes will not take the place of deeds; a Scout who
himself is the foundation stone of knowledge...
Lead him, I pray, not in the path of ease and comfort, but under the stress
and spur of difficulties and challenge. Here let him learn to stand up in the
storm; here let him learn compassion for those who fail...
Build me a Scout whose heart will be clear, whose goals will be high. A
Scout who will master himself before he seeks to master others, one who will
march into the future, yet never forget the past...
And after all these things are his, add, I pray, enough of a sense of humor
so that he may always be serious, yet never take himself too seriously. Give
him humility, so that he may always remember the simplicity of true wisdom, and
the meekness of true strength...
Then I, a Scouter who knew him, will dare to whisper, `I have not lived in
-- Gregg Watkins
Both of these are copied with the implied permission of the authors. They
appeared in books of clip art used by my church. They have appeared in the
church bulletins for Scout Sunday.
Scoutmaster, Troop 84
Anderson, South Carolina
1981 National Jamboree Participant
1985 National Jamboree, 2nd Asst. SM
1993 National Jamboree, Contingent Troop Scoutmaster
Woodbadge (Bobwhite) SE-506
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City