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Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian youth's rite of passage? His
dad takes him into the forest…blindfolded...and leaves him...alone.

He is required to sit on a stump the whole night...and not take off the
blindfold until the ray of sun shines through it. He is all by himself. 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. Each lad must come into
his own manhood.

The boy was terrified...could hear all kinds of noise...Beasts were all
around him. Maybe even some human would hurt him. The wind blew the grass
and earth...And it shook his stump. But he sat stoically, never removing
the blindfold. It would be the only way he could be a man.

Finally, after a horrific night…the sun appeared and he removed his
blindfold. It was then that he saw his father…sitting on the stump next to watch...the entire night.

We are never alone. Even when we do not know it, our Father is protecting
us...He is sitting on the stump beside us.

All we have to do is look for Him.

-- Author Unknown

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