A Call to Prayer for All Faiths – June 21st, 2010

The BP Oil spill has been at the forefront of every major American newscast for sixty days.  There’s a hole in our planet that needs to be patched up, and no one knows quite how to go about doing that.  That’s not to mention the loss of wild life, beachfront, and the overall health of the Gulf itself.

“Crisis” and “disaster” seem like understatements.  “Heartbreaking” is a word that seems to have lost all meaning.

Chief Arvol Looking Horse of the Lakota has taken a stand against this disaster through spirituality and prayer.

“A man or a woman without spirit is very dangerous,” Looking Horse explained in a recent phone interview. According to this Sioux chief, the absence of spirit is causing suffering everywhere. “We are in a time of survival,” he said. “But we don’t want to believe it because we have forgotten our spirits. We have forgotten that Grandmother Earth has a spirit.”

So, he proposes:

“It’s everyday life for us that we hold Grandmother Earth sacred, we hold the trees and the plants, everything has a spirit. We need people to be really respectful for each other. The Great Spirit put us here all together.  If we’re going to survive, we need to have spirit and compassion. On June 21 we’re asking people to go to their sacred places or sacred spaces to pray.”

There is so little we can do from a physical standpoint, it seems only right that we take things to a spiritual level.  I know, I know “Kit’s getting all preachy again.  Let’s go read something else.”  But hear me out.  You don’t have to be religious to keep the Gulf in your thoughts. You’d be surprised to find what a few little words of hope in your heart can do.





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13 responses to “A Call to Prayer for All Faiths – June 21st, 2010

  1. “In the beginning was the Tao.
    All things issue from it;
    all things return to it.

    To find the origin,
    trace back the manifestations.
    When you recognize the children
    and find the mother,
    you will be free of sorrow.”

    I am pained by this horrible event on many levels, and I can only hope that someone, anyone, everyone, will get it under control soon, instead of sitting on their thumbs.

    This is just… bad.

    But, I believe there is still hope yet.

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  3. Lua

    I truly believe in the power of prayer and like you said Kit, “There is so little we can do from a physical standpoint, it seems only right that we take things to a spiritual level.”
    Perhaps it’s the least we can do…

  4. Although I’ve never found something larger and fundamental to believe in, nothing that gives me comfort or someone to pray to, I do believe in the connection between people and that the magic in this world is the things we can do and feel for each other. So I will keep this in my thoughts, and hope that one of our peers in the human race will be able to help and find a way to fix this horror.

  5. You are not being preachy dear, Kit. This is a perfectly legitimate proposal and in light of what has happened, it feels good to be able to do SOMETHING about it. I will participate :)

  6. Erin M

    It was sad hearing firsthand about how terrified everyone in Louisiana is that the oil is going to destroy the marshes/bayous. Like 1/3 of the States’ seafood comes from the Gulf, or something? Scary. I think we’re all hoping the situation gets under control really, really soon. =[

    Great post.

    • I was curious about that. It must have been awful to hear it all first hand. =[ If this lasts much longer, a friend and I are going to head down there and hook up with a charity for a few weeks to help out. We’re getting plans/money together now.