As I write this, the song “will the circle be unbroken” runs through my mind. This is true when it comes to or lives. We are part of so many circles. Family, church, friends etc….we are part of the circles. I look forward to being within the circle, to worship, to share, to celebrate and to comfort. We are all brothers in sisters in Christ, we are all related and we are all in the circle.
The man looked down then up at me, “I’m sorry my parents didn’t treat them Indian folks better.” I felt the Holy Spirit welling up in me, realizing the importance of what he was saying not for me but for his son and family. I smiled and said, “Wanishi ta (Thank you very much) for saying what you did and for remembering the story and that we’re all related.”
Carol is only 10 years old, but she's already taught me much about love and acceptance. I can hardly wait for our youths to meet Carol--along with others like her--in the Lake Traverse Reservation. And I hope our youths love them all even before they've met them.
We envision Indians and non-Indians coming to the site to remember what happened at Sand Creek. We envision scholars and students, pastors and church folk coming to learn the truth of history and to continue raising the important questions lest we repeat the sins of our forebears. It is time for more than words.
The best way I know how to bestow worth is to convey in word and deed the worth God, through Jesus Christ, has placed upon them. “For God so loved the world.”
The message of the death and especially the resurrection was a marvelous message for the Cherokee. In response to that message, Cherokee was the first language the Bible was translated into in the Western Hemisphere.
With what name shall we call our God, whose majesty triumphs over all the earth? Many names have been suggested. All fall short of God’s glory. Some reveal at least a portion of God’s character by describing one or more of God’s attributes. One of those names is Creator.
There were many traditional stories that taught life lessons. They were filled with respect for the plant and animal brothers and sisters as well as for all humans. The Creator breathed his breath of life into us all. That makes us all equal and necessary to each other to live and survive. We must live in relationship with one another.
As I read the history of the Potawatomie people, I learned that my families’ move to Trivoli Township took place during the time that the Potawatomie peoples’ lives were changing as well. Their way of life was transitioning in ways that was devastating, yet in the midst of their own uncertainty, they reached out to Isaac. I believe them to be a witness to that which is good.
The scriptures seem to be telling us that ancient wisdom about stones is not unusual and doesn't seem to change from generation to generation. After all, "God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham." Even Jesus knew about them when he was met with resistance to his disciples' teaching and said, "I tell you, if they were silent, the stones would shout out." And in the I Peter reference, Jesus was considered a living stone and we -- through the scripture -- are challenged to become living stones allowing ourselves to be built into spiritual houses, a holy priesthood.