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Cherokee Rite-of-PassagePosted Thursday, October 27, 2011, at 11:57 AM
The mask removed at break of dawn, What sight do we see, Our Father Protecting with His Love, Together, Forever be. AMEN
Author unknown, modified slightly by Arley 102711
Shalom, one and all.
I have e-mailed this out a time or two, over the years, and feel it time to repeat the story-legend. It is as true to Christianity, as anything I have ever seen. You judge.
Cherokee Indian legend
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 morning sun shine through it.
He cannot cry out for help to anyone, knowing he must survive the night, alone, to become a MAN.
He cannot tell the other boys of this experience, as each must come into manhood on his own.
The boy is understandably 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. as the 'only way,' he could become a man!
Finally, after a horrific night, the sun appears, and he removes his blindfold. It was then that he discovers 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 need do is reach out to Him.
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." The sun is almost bright enough, to remove our blindfold, and see our Father, ready to take us home, as New Adults.
I pray, you have your mask on, and are also ready: To Graduate.
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