A Sermon Podcast
Preached Sunday, August 4, 2013 at Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community in Pittsburgh, PA
In this sermon podcast, Jeff Brown, a Sociology major at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, reflects on a trip he took with the Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Jeff shares the heartbreaking story of the Massacre at Wounded Knee and lifts up the life and ministry of Lakota Medicine Man Black Elk.
Prayer of Black Elk
Lean to hear my feeble voice.
At the center of the sacred hoop
You have said that I should make the tree to bloom.
With tears running, O Great Spirit, my Grandfather,
With running eyes I must say
The tree has never bloomed
Here I stand, and the tree is withered.
Again, I recall the great vision you gave me.
It may be that some little root of the sacred tree still lives.
Nourish it then
That it may leaf
And fill with singing birds!
Hear me, that the people may once again
Find the good road
And the shielding tree.
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