Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Beginning ᏣᎳᎩ ("Walk & Learn")



I'm a bit scared, Yowah. You know how I've struggled at Japanese. Etc. And Tsalagi seems so incredibly different from English. Spanish I feel I could learn well in a couple years.

But yes, there's another reason I'm nervous. I have been so overwhelmed in my heart at the awakening of my Tsalagi heritage... and when I've learned a few words, like "Wado", "Yowah", "Edoda" and others I cry to You in prayer, I feel it in my heart, like it's *my* language.

Yes, that's right.

I want Tsalagi to come easy, just as easily as my heart connected and was healed with what You awoke in me. And I fear or know that this will mean hard work. And I don't have the benefit of elders and native-speakers around me like with Japanese here.

But this is the way You've chosen for me. This is the path You've put before me and helped me take the first steps on. So I know You are with me and will be with me each step of the way... when those steps are easy and when they are difficult.

Wado, Unetlanvhi.

Here we go...!

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P.S. I thought I was done with this writing, this prayer, but then Yowah pulled me aside and spoke:

"ᎠᏇᏥ,

I am He who awoke your heart
I am the one who brought out
what had been buried
I am He who will teach you

I will be with you as you take
every step, small and great
I will be with you when the walk
is easy and when it is difficult

Do not be afraid, ᎤᏪᏥ
You will learn more than
you are able to believe possible
And it will be a blessing.

"Walk, and learn."

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