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Reconciliation on Mt. Ashland

Beginning with the blast of the Shofar, Prayer Mountain Northwest, Aug.13-15, held on top of Mt. Ashland, was a beautiful, but unprecedented event, with the reconciling of the region's indigenous native people to acknowledge wrongs committed over the years, and to build lasting bridges forever more.

Their re-enactment of the history of searching for the white man's "Book of Heaven" (the Bible) was incredible. The reconciliation with these people was paramount. They are, as is everyone, the Creator's beautiful people and part of God's Kingdom. Their story of how this bible came to them in the summer of 2001 is a supernatural story that God never forgets His promises, and has not forgotten the Native People.

You can read more of this "Book of Heaven Story" in detail at www.prayermountainnw.org and the website www.healingforthenativesministries.org.

I personally was delighted that I could participate in such a wonderful, but very important historical event of reconciling with these many tribes. The whole weekend was of non-stop prayer, praise and worship. Some of the artists who performed were Bryan Duncan, Michael Robert, Terri Shamar, The Good Medicine Drum Team and The Jerusalem Center Praise Band. Speakers for the event were Pastor Denny Stahl of Calvary Chapel Grants Pass, Randy Wilson of Family Research Council, John David Gomez of the Jerusalem Center in Medford, and Pastors Aaron Auer and John Sutton, both of Reviving Oregon's Amazing Roots Ministry, and Lockley Bremner.

It was the Nez Perce and Flathead Indians, from 1831, St. Louis, who were in search for the white man's Book of Heaven and the "talking leaves" from ancient Indian prophecies, which is now in Lockley Bremner's hands. Among the many recorded revelations received by a Spokane Prophet by the name of Siimxnotylmilakobok, was the vision of the Book of Heaven, which would teach the people how to better serve their Creator. These types of prophecies fueled the expectations of the western tribes. In response to this search for the Book of Heaven, Jason Lee and other missionaries traveled west in 1834 to bring the message of the Book of Heaven to what eventually became the Oregon Territory.

To be reconciled and connected with the beautiful spirit of these people is not only necessary, but fruitful for the rebuilding of love and lasting relationships in our country, and to walk together as a united people. When we become branches that are connected to the Root, we will then be as one mind, one spirit, and one strength.

The whole day on the mountain was filled with celebration and it went on into the evening. Later in the evening, there was a ceremony in which Rita Gray Bear called down heaven, petitioning the Creator, and His Presence filled the sky. None of us were afraid of the lightning and thunder which was so appropriate to our petitioning the God of the Universe. Truly, the Creator's Presence was amongst us and His people.

It reminded us of a portion of the book of Job: "Listen closely to the thunder of His voice, and the rumbling that goes out from His mouth. Under the whole heaven He lets it loose, and His lightning to the ends of the earth. After it, a voice roars, He thunders with His majestic voice, and He does not restrain the lightning when His voice is heard. God thunders with His voice wondrously, Doing great things which we cannot comprehend."

All who read this beautiful "Book of Heaven Story" will be touched and inspired on their life journey and be reconciled to an awesome Creator who deeply loves and cares about us.

May all people experience the beauty of a Prayer Mountain Gathering, and let the Shofar settle deep into their innermost being. I want to thank the organizers and participants who helped us realize that Mt. Ashland truly is a holy place.

Contemporary Christian Artist Terri Shamar resides in Grants Pass, Oregon and performs in the Rogue Valley and beyond. Her music plays on radio stations in the U.S. and internationally is sold in Evangel Bookstores and at www.terrishamar.com Send inner peace articles to Sally McKirgan innerpeace@q.com