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Cherokee Indian Youth's Rite of Passage


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Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian

Youth's rite of passage?

His father takes him into the forest,

Blindfolds him and leaves him alone.

He is required to sit on a stump the whole

Night and not remove the blindfold until the

Rays of the morning sun shine through it.

He cannot cry out for help to anyone.

Once he survives the night, he is a MAN.

He cannot tell the other boys of this

Experience because each lad must come

Into manhood on his own.

The boy is naturally terrified. He can hear

All kinds of noises. Wild beasts must surely

Be all around him. Maybe even some human

Might do him harm. The wind blew the grass

And earth, and shook his stump, but he sat

Stoically, never removing the blindfold.

It would be the only way he

Could become a man!

Finally, after a horrific night, the sun

Appeared and he removed his blindfold.

It was then that he discovered his

Father sitting on the stump next to him.

He had been at watch the entire night,

Protecting his son from harm.

We, too, are never alone.

Even when we don't know it,

Our Heavenly Father is watching over us,

Sitting on the stump beside us.

When trouble comes, all we have

To do is reach out to Him.

If you liked this story, pass it on.

If not, perhaps you took off your

Blindfold before dawn.

Moral of the Story:

Just because you can't see God,

Doesn't mean He is not there.

'For we walk by faith, not by sight.'

~ 2 Corinthians 5:7 ~

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