Long before my people journeyed to this land
Your people were here,
And you received from your Elders
An understanding of creation, and of the Mystery that
surrounds us all
That was deep, and rich and to be treasured.
We did not hear you when you shared your vision.
In our zeal to tell you of the good news of Jesus Christ
We were closed to the value of your spirituality.
We confused Western ways and culture with
The depth and breadth and length and height of the
gospel of Christ.
We imposed our civilization as a condition of accepting the gospel.
We tried to make you like us
And in doing
We helped to destroy the vision
That made you what you were.
As a result you, and we, are poorer
And the image of the Creator in us
Is twisted, blurred, and we are not
What we are meant by God to be.
We ask you to forgive us and to walk together with us
In the Spirit of Christ
So our peoples may be blessed and
God’s creation healed.
Robert Smith, Moderator