Cherokee Legend

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
February 10, 2007

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 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 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 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, God is watching over us, sitting on the stump beside us. When trouble comes, all we have to do is reach out to Him.

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14 comments
  1. So true parents are always worried and lookout for their children! Wonderful legend.

  2. kiwiskan said:

    trouble is, like that Indian boy, some of us don’t know he’s there…

  3. Parents do so much for their children. Great story about being strong and courageous because God is always with us.

  4. I love this story. This has always given me comfort.

  5. It is just so true! How often we can think we are alone in a trial, but God is there the whole time!

  6. pepscafe said:

    Hello ! Je suis chrétien français et merci pour votre blogue !
    L’histoire est belle, et l’enseignement que l’on peut en tirer est édifiant.
    Mais je ne suis pas certain qu’il s’agisse d’un vrai « rite de passage cherokee » : je n’ai trouvé aucune source précise me le confirmant. Un véritable cherokee(ou à la rigueur un historien/anthropologue spécialiste des indiens) peut-il nous renseigner ?
    A moins qu’il ne s’agisse d’une nouvelle citation “apocryphe” ?
    On pourrait d’ailleurs appeler cette histoire “la légende du rite de passage d’un jeune cherokee” !….;-)
    « légende » dont une très ancienne trace peut se lire sur un forum, datant du 19 avril 2007.
    http://message.snopes.com/showthread.php?t=7256

    En Christ,

    Pep’s

  7. Excellent post Kenny !! All of us who call ourselves Christians must never forget that the Lord is always with us, in the good times and through the trials of our lives !!

    Blessings in Christ, bruce

  8. Another one I can use in my work. Thanks for keeping me well-supplied 🙂

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