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The Legend of the Cherokee Indian
3/31/2008 7:59:28 AM

Subject: The Legend of The Cherokee Indian

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 harms. 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,

God

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, 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."



God Bless.




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