we return thanks

“Bouquet of Chrysanthemums” by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
“Bouquet of Chrysanthemums” by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

We return thanks to our mother, the earth, which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams, which supply us with water.
 We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the corn, and to her sisters,
the beans and squash, which give us life.
 We return thanks to the bushes and trees, which provide us with fruit.
We return thanks to the wind, which, moving the air, has banished diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and stars,
which have given to us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to our grandfather He-no,
that he has protected his grandchildren from witches and reptiles,
 and has given to us his rain.
We return thanks to the sun,
that he has looked upon the earth with a beneficient eye.
 Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit, in whom is embodied all goodness,
and who directs all things for the good of his children.
~ 19th-Century Iroquois Prayer
(The Joy of Family Traditions: A Season-by-Season Companion to Celebrations, Holidays & Special Occasions)

8 thoughts on “we return thanks”

  1. Just beautiful Barbara! I hope that you and your family had a nice Thanksgiving. Just curious, how did your first vegan Thanksgiving turn out? I bet it was yummy. We celebrated our Thanksgiving as “Thanksliving.” It was vegan and delicious!

    1. It wasn’t completely vegan this time around, Donna, but we’ll get there soon I’m sure. Except for the turkey and salmon one night we did well at all the other meals – we were there for a week. I love the “Thanksliving” idea! What was your main dish?

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