Wed, 27 Nov 1991 18:00:00 CST
I am new to the SCOUTS-L list, and this is the first message I
have posted to the list. By way of introduction, I am an Eagle scout
(class of 1971) and currently serve as Committee Chairman for Troop 828
in Stillwater, Oklahoma. I am married to a Cubmaster/Webelos Den
Leader, and my step-son is a second-year Webelos who should/will move
from his mother's pack/den to my troop next spring. I have been passing
printouts from the list discussion to my wife. We both find it relevant
to our Scouting interests.
I would like to contribute the following non-Christocentric prayers
in response to the request of Keith Garbutt (GARBUTT@WVNVM). I don't
want to get bogged down in the argument over whether prayer or religion
have a place in scouting/scout events, although I suppose the fact that
I think it worthwhile to pass on the following implicitly states my
Prayer composed by Chief Yellow Lark, a Blackfoot Indian--
Oh, Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds and whose breath
gives life to all the world, hear me. I come before you, one of your
many children. I am weak and small. I need your strength and wisdom.
Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple
sunset; my ears sharp so I may hear your voice. Make me wise, so I may
learn the things you have taught my people, the lessons you have hidden
under every rock and leaf. I seek strength, not to be superior to my
brothers, but to be able to fight my greatest enemy--myself. Make me
ever ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes, so
whenever life fades, like the fading sunset, my spirit will come to you
Morning star wake us, filled with joy
To new days of growing to man from boy.
Sun, with your power, give us light
That we can tell wrong and do what's right.
South wind, we ask, in your gentle way
Blow us the willingness to obey.
North wind, we ask, live up to thy name,
Send us the strength to always be game.
East wind, we ask, with your breath so snappy,
Fill us with knowledge of how to be happy.
West wind, we ask, blow all that is fair
To us, that we may always be square.
Moon, that fills the night with red light,
guard us well while we sleep in the night.
Akela, please guide us in every way,
We'll follow your trail in work or play.
I don't know the original source of either of these. They have
appeared in various Cub Scout Pow Wow books in our area. The second
one is probably more "Indian-style" than Indian--note the reference to
One last question--how on earth do you frequent participants in
this list find time to keep contributing? I find it pretty time-
consuming to just read the e-mail coming in, but Paul Russell, Kathie
Cerveny, Mike Walton, and others seem to have posted a new message every
time I log on! (Please don't take this as a complaint, and don't quit
doing it--I enjoy all your comments and insights.)
John E. Bush BITNET ID: IRXXJEB@OSUCC
Senior Budget Analyst, Office of Planning, Budget, and Institutional
Research, Oklahoma State University
Eagle Scout, Committee Chairman, Troop 828, Stillwater, Oklahoma
Husband of a Cubmaster and Webelos Den Leader
(Step)Father of a second-year Webelos Scout
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City