Manataka American Indian Council

 

 

I CRIED OUT!
By Rodger Lloyd Reeder

 

I cried out to my Ancestors
that they would help me on my journey
That they would plead my case to the Creator
that I had proven I would not give up.

I cried out to my Ancestors
that I had shown my heart was true
That even if it cost my life
I would find a way to move their promise
forward, and not give up.

Then I heard a voice that came from my lips
a voice I knew, but had never heard
I heard the voice that came from my lips
and I knew it was the true voice of my heart
... it was so easy; it was so true,
... the voice of my Ancestors. Hey-ya!
I cried out to the Creator
I will do Your will!
But I need Your help to carry on
I am tired, and my heart is broken.

I cried out to the Creator
I am sad, and my heart is heavy
from the waiting!
But I will never give up; I will go forward,
and I am grateful for this calling
And I heard a voice that came from my lips
as I thought about my blessings
And these were the words that
came from my heart...

O' Great Spirit, my answer is yes, yes, yes!
... it was so easy; it was so true,
... the voice of my Ancestors. Hey-ya!

Then I asked the Creator for three things
that would help me on my journey
I asked for a pure and open heart;
to remember the child in all His stories.
I asked for a strong and true heart
that can endure the coming trials;
And I asked the Creator for a wise heart
that can choose His righteous paths.

Then I heard a voice just over
my left shoulder,
it was Sparrow talking right to me.
And then I heard a voice come from my lips
and we spoke like we were brothers
... and it was so easy; it was so true
... the voice of my Ancestors.
Hey-ya-yey-hey! Wa-ya U-nega

Roger Lloyd Reeder is of Cherokee-Choctaw descent

and a designer for Disney World and Disneyland

 

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