The photo above was taken on a trip to Florida in 2006, the gentleman I am with is Buffalo Tiger, the leader of the Miccosukee nation in Florida between the mid 1950′s and the early 1970′s. He now runs an airboat tour company in the Florida Everglades
First you are to think always of God. Second you are to use all your powers to care for your people and especially for the poor. – Sioux
I must confess that we are not a church going family although this doesn’t mean we don’t believe in ‘God’ it just means we haven’t found a religion that suits us. On a visit to Washington years ago one of my favourite museums was the National Museum of the American Indian, a population that has always fascinated me and one I have enormous respect for. I love their philosophy of life and believe it’s the closest I can get to explaining how I feel about God, you will find some of their quotes highlighted in this post to help understand the way they see it and maybe understand why it connects with my heart.
The one thing that matters most are the children. They are true human beings. – Lakota
All religions are but stepping stones back to God – Pawnee
At school the past few weeks there has been a lot of talking about God, I am perfectly happy with this after all Easter is a religious occasion and I’m happy for the girls to understand the origins and why it is celebrated. If you don’t know well I hate to break it to you but it’s not all about chocolate.
I also want them to learn about other religions and living in the mixed society of Britain today this is fundamental to understanding that there are more ways than one of worshiping and it’s ok to be different.
Trouble no man about his religion – respect him in his views and demand that he respect yours. – Shawnee
I am of the belief that the girls can choose who and how they wish to worship should they want to later on in life but in the meantime I have to answer their questions to the best of my abilities and guide them to grow up as loving human beings, here was a discussion we had the other day with my answers
Ask questions from your heart and you will be answered from the heart – Omaha
Twin: Mummy, is God real?
Me: God isn’t something we can touch or feel with our hands, we can’t see God with our eyes.
Be kind to everything that lives – Omaha
Twin: Does he live above the clouds?
Me: No, if he did we’d be able to see him, he lives all around us, in the flowers, in the animals and in the world.
It makes no difference as to the name of God, since love is the real God of all the world – Apache
Twin: Did he die on the cross?
Me: No, that was a man named Jesus
Remember that your children are not your own, but are lent to you by the Creator – Mohawk
It takes a whole village to raise a child – Omaha
Twin: Does God make the people go up to heaven when they die?
Me: Yes and heaven is a lovely place where people who die will be very happy
When you die, you will be spoken of as those in the sky, like the stars – Yorok
Twin: God made the seas and the clouds and the flowers.
Me: He did, he’s very clever and makes everything we need to live a happy life
We are made from Mother Earth and we go back to Mother Earth – Shenandoah
Are you having any God conversations with your little ones? How are you tackling them?