Oh Great Mystery

We give thanks for the natural world we see:

All the creatures, stones and plants

Who show us how to be.

We learn their lessons, seek their truths,

Return our loving praise,

We honor the peace they show us,

Which guides our human ways.

We ask that we may become like them, Living in harmony,

And deep within our heart of hearts,

Know the Sacred Mystery.


Jamie Sams, contemporary Native American writer and author of fourteen books.


This is the perfect prayer to say anytime in God's backyard and/or as a walking meditation, reciting a line, walking and reflecting, reciting a second line, stopping to reflect, and so on.

Frances Sheridan Goulart, Jamie Sams in God Has No Religion: Blending Traditions for Prayer by Frances Sheridan Goulart