In 2013, while pursuing my degree in Indigenous Law, I was asked by Navajo Nation Justice and Professor Raymond Austin to preside over a peacemaking session. I did. It was instructive. This is the prayer I wrote and delivered to start the session. I cannot take all of the credit, I arranged the thoughts, but with inspiration from several Lakota, Navajo, indigenous and Jewish prayers and concepts.
By James D. Diamond
Great Spirit, whose voice we hear in the thunder on the mountains.
Today as we sit together in this place let us surround this family with a canopy of peace.
Let the wisdom of our ancestors fill our minds.
Give us sharp ears to hear your voice,
and eyes to see the light and the truth and the wisdom that is hidden in the earth.
Make us wise so can understand how the lessons you taught our ancestors answer the questions of today.
Help us find kindness and compassion owed to our brothers and sisters.
We ask you to restore to strength to anyone who is in pain or who suffers.
And give us the strength not to battle each other but to conquer the monsters that dwell within ourselves.