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Summer Reflection Cherokee Indian Legend

Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian youth’s rite of passage? His father takes 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 adulthood 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 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 has 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. 


Moral of the story: Just because we can’t see God, doesn’t mean He is not present. “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”


And as we live each day, keep the following thoughts in mind…


Prayer is not a “spare wheel” that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a “steering wheel” that directs the right path throughout. 


Why is a car’s front windshield so large and the rear view mirror so small? Remember the past, but don’t live in the past – look ahead.


Friendship is like a book. It takes a few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write.


All things in life are temporary. If going well, enjoy it, they will not last forever. If going wrong, don’t worry, they can’t last long either.


Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, God smiles from above and says, “Relax sweetheart, it’s just a bend, not the end!”


When God solves your problems, you have faith in His abilities; when God doesn’t solve your problems He has faith in Your abilities.


A blind person asked St. Anthony: “Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?” He replied, “Yes losing your vision!”


Worrying does not take away from tomorrow’s troubles; it takes away today’s peace.


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