Indigenous Peoples Day

Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.


This day I name
for those who have lived long in this place.
This day I name
for those who have welcomed us,
and blessed this place before us.

This day I name
for those who have endured generations
of erasure and assault,
the Trail of Tears, Via Dolorosa,
exiles at home, longing for the land beneath their feet
and its well being, as a lost lover,
and who seek still to hallow this ground.

This day I name
not for one who “discovered” this land once
but for those who discovered it new each day,
dwelling in the land, seeing it, marrying it.
This day I name for repenting of white arrogance,
and for seeking the community of living beings.

This day I name
for those whose beauty, effaced, endures,
whose pride dances in the sun,
whose wisdom awaits us;
for those whose deep eyes invite us
to see,
to belong,
to sit down together
in a great circle
and thank.

This day I name
for those who are wiped away and yet remain,
blessing, singing and dancing.

Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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