Faith and Hope
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Have you ever heard this story of a Cherokee Indian youth’s rite of Passage?     

The story goes that a youth’s father takes him into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone. He is required to sit on a stump the whole night without removing the blindfold until  he feels the rays of the morning sun shine through it.

The boy cannot cry out for help to anyone. If he gets through the night successfully on his own, he becomes a man. He can’t tell share this experience with other boys because each one must come into manhood on his own.

The boy is terrified.  He can hear all kinds of noises. He thinks that wild beasts must surely be all around him…maybe there is even a human who might do him harm. During the dark night, the wind blows the grass and the  earth, and it shakes his stump, but he sits stoically, never removing the blindfold.  Because it is the only way he will become a man

Finally the he feels the sun and he removes his blindfold. That’s when he discovers his father sitting on the stump next to him.  His father had been at watch the entire night, protecting him from harm.

TAKE AWAY:  Just because you can’t see a higher power, doesn’t mean that it isn’t there  to watch over you.

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