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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Sharing this story -- Rite of Passage

I found this Cherokee Story at Peajay's Blog and thought I'd share it with you here since she invited readers to pass it on. :)

Rite of Passage

I received an email recently and wanted to share it with you.

'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 tree 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 will be 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 tree 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 tree 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, maybe you took off your blindfold before dawn...'


thailandchani said...

If that wasn't true, I think this whole life would be absurd. :)

storyteller said...

Of course it's true ... stories like this one remind us what we know when we forget.

Of course ... some things ARE absurd. LOL
Hugs and blessings,

Monique Kleinhans said...

What a great post...thanks for the reminder to trust even in the dark parts of our life.

storyteller said...

You're welcome :)
Thanks to you for stopping by again. Have a delightful day.
Hugs and blessings,

Kayce aka lucy said...

i love this story!! thank you.

Anonymous said...

This brought tears to my eyes...thank you.

storyteller said...

Lucy and Karen,
You're both quite welcome. I'm glad to know it touched you as it did me :)
Hugs and blessings,