"I do not always ask, in my prayers and discussions, for only those things I would like to see happen, because no person can claim to know what is best for mankind. Wakan Tanka and Tunkashila alone know what is best, and this is why, even though I am worried, my attitude is not overcome with fear of the future. I submit always to Wakan Tanka's will. This is not easy, and most people find it impossible, but I have seen the power of Prayer and I have seen God's desires fulfilled. So I pray always that God will give me wisdom to accept his way of doing things."
Frank Fools Crow
Lakota chief and elder
Photos: Bear Lodge (Devil's Tower National Monument, WY) and Badlands National Park, SD. The fourth photo is Frank Fools Crow.
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Stephen Hatch, M.A. is a spiritual teacher and photographer from Fort Collins, Colorado. His approach is contemplative, inter-spiritual, and Earth-based.