George A. Sprecace M.D.,
J.D., F.A.C.P. and Allergy Associates of New
Cherokee Indian Legend
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
He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not remove
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
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 blows the grass and earth, and shakes his stump,
sits stoically, never removing the blindfold. It is the only way
he can become a man!
Finally, after a horrific night the sunrays warm him and he
removes his blindfold. It is then that he discovers 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, our Heavenly
Father is watching over us, sitting on the stump beside us. When
trouble comes, all we have to do is reach out to Him.
Work for the Lord - the pay isn't much but the retirement is out
of this world!!!
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