thought i would throw this your way. it is a good reminder for your day, as you are basking in the sun, driving around under the sun, walking under the sunlight’s rays…God’s creative goodness is indeed everywhere! may God’s love be with you today.
Your missionary ancestors told Indian people that they were worshipping a false god when we pray to the sun. The sun is the most powerful physical presence in our lives. Without it, we could not live and our world would perish. Yet our reverence for it, our awes, was considered idolatry.
But your missionary ancestors misunderstood even that much, because we never worshipped the sun. We merely saw in it the reflection of the sacred, the Creator, and used its image to focus our prayers of thanksgiving for the Creator’s life-giving power. It is, for us, a constant reminder of the creative power of God, as we greet the sun in the morning when we first arise and again in the evening. In between, as we go about our day, we constantly will see our shadow on the ground and will be reminded again of God’s creative goodness. We can stop, look up, and say a short prayer whenever this happens.
– Phillip Deere, from A Native American Theology by Clara Sue Kidwell, Homer Noley, and George “Tink” Tinker (from A Maryknoll Book of Inspiration)