Tuesday, November 27, 2007

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 tree 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...'

8 comments:

storyteller said...

Wonderful story! Thanks for sharing. Of course I'll pass it on :)
Hugs and blessings,

Peajay said...

Thank you Storyteller. Also many thanks for the link you placed on your Blog, it was very kind and I am honoured to be amongst blogs you enjoy.
Sláinte agus saol chugat.

His Girl Friday said...

Hi Peajay,

beautiful!!! gave me one of those big lumps in my throat!! :))))x

Talking Bear said...

Once again, you have done an excellent job. Glad to have you as my riend. As you know I lived in a TeePee for some time. I can remember the near by wolves hollowing at night, scary. I also remember a time when I had return to my lodge after a short venture out into the wild, only to find that a Bear had walked completly around the TeePee and left. Anyway, I can relate to the story very much. It touched on some many of the things I love to blog about my self. TB

Talking Bear said...

Hey you won ST's quiz, Great job....

Peajay said...

Thank you TB, she put some devious ones in there but I wasn't going to be beaten. :DD

storyteller said...

Of course I had to include some "devious" ones to make it a challenge, right?

Just wanted to let Talking Bear know he still has time to get HIS answers to the Christmas Carol Quiz to me before the December 15th deadline. Peajay won 1st place. Joy's in 2nd and John's 3rd ... but in the spirit of the season we want LOTS of winners. Just be sure you come by your answers honestly :)
Hugs and blessings,

Talking Bear said...

ST, There is just no way I am going to be able to spend anytime on that challenge. I am way to busy just getting the impossible done at work. But thanks for the offer. In fact I am so tired that I have not even been bloging. ;)