Liturgy

Sacred Ancestral Tree of Life

by Nakakakena (Boe Harris)

I am a daughter of my mother --
Who is a daughter of her mother --
Who is a daughter of her mother --

We all are a mere branch of the sacred ancestral tree of life --

Each branch bonded together by the rich diversities of the traditions of our cultural ways --

Each branch a bearer of wisdoms, universal life values, commitments, sacrifices, courage, love and faith --

Each branch journeys toward beginnings, renewals, birth, rebirth, vision and inner spiritual illumination --

Each branch intertwines, one with the other, forming families of mothers, daughters, fathers, sons, sisters and brothers --

Each branch connected to the majestic, mighty trunk, with its roots that travel deep, deep within the rich soil, nourished by our Creator, the giver of all life --

I am a daughter of my mother --
Who is a daughter of her mother --
Who is a daughter of her mother --

We are all a mere branch of the sacred ancestral tree of life!

May we celebrate and be touched by the wonder of this universe, our own creation, and may we be filled with the pure joy of being a part of it!!



Boe Harris-Nakakakena (which means 'rattles with feet') is a member of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa and Spirit Lake Dakota tribal groups. Boe travels and does presentations extensively and is known also for her gifts in traditional dance, jingle dance and Native American flute. Boe Harris-Nakakakena is a member of St. John's UMC in Seaford, Delaware.

Copyright 2009 © Boe Harris (Nakakakena). Used by Permission. Reproduction granted for use in church worship services. Any further use beyond worship services must be with permission from the author.

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