When we think we are alone

The Cherokee Night Ritual Into Manhood

Posted on February 19, 2013 by admin

A quote of Dr. Johnson as quoted in Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis.  “People need to be reminded more often than they need to be instructed.”

This old legend is a reminder of the loving care of our Heavenly Father.

 

The Cherokee Night Ritual Into Manhood

For a Cherokee Indian youth to be considered a man, he must endure the ‘Rite of Passage.’   On the night of his coming of age, 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 morning sun shines 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 who might do him harm.  The wind blows the grass and earth, and shakes his stump but he must sit stoically, never uncovering his eyes.  Finally, after a horrific night, the sun appeared and he removes his blindfold.

 

It is then he discovers he is not alone.  His father is sitting on the stump next to him, having been at watch the entire night, protecting his son from harm.

 

We too, are never alone, not matter how frightening our circumstances.  Even when we aren’t aware, God is watching over us, always protecting us.  When we are afraid and feel alone all we have to do is reach out to Him.  He may not always give us the answer we want, but He is present!

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Comments (29)

  1. noahbody

    April 20, 2017
    1. SEC

      ???

      April 20, 2017
      1. noahbody

        Tears for the one left alone, even if it was only a perception. Loneliness is about the most terrible thing I can think of. A human heart was never intended to be alone. It is only through a form of society that we succeeded as a race.

        April 20, 2017
        1. SEC

          and yet the lesson teaches that even when we do not sense the presence our loving Father is not far.

          April 20, 2017
          1. noahbody

            What lesson? I he near? I’ve gone from a believer to a doubter. He has rarely been there in my life. Yet I cannot deny that at the worst times it had to be him for there is no other explanation. I dunno. I am a doubter and a believer. Does that make sense?

            April 20, 2017
            1. SEC

              yes in some ways it does, but is that not just an expression of “I didn’t get what I wanted therefore it must be you don’t hear me”

              April 20, 2017
          2. noahbody

            Or is it an expression of “I needed help and you weren’t there”. Yet the help comes, sometimes, in the form of others. Could that be Him? And what about the times when no help is forthcoming? Could that merely be testing me? I dunno but I do know that it is not through him that I still breathe. It is through myself and my loved ones. Maybe He is responsible there too but is that not a case of assigning all unknowns to a greater being? I have in the past given my life to him yet where has it ever gotten me?

            April 20, 2017
            1. SEC

              Oh but he was but could it be you were looking in the wrong direction? and yes he works through others coming in at just the right times. All to often we are watching and looking for solutions in the wrong direction just like the Israelites did over and over again. Like when they were looking for a warrior/political messiah and they got Jesus.

              April 20, 2017
          3. noahbody

            You are right. I get help when I need it most. That could be Him. But is that not a case of extending belief in someone who might not be there? Could it be I garner help through those whom I friend?

            April 20, 2017
            1. SEC

              Two things, yes you could garner such help but then it only becomes a settling of a “debt”. But I contend that there is a Creator (though with our current eyes we are unable to percieve him); think about it without God there is no right or wrong for it would be what ever each deems that they want.

              April 20, 2017
          4. noahbody

            Is it “God” who determines right from wrong? Or simple human decency? Don’t get me wrong… I believe in a God but I think he has mostly abandoned us to our own devices. He gave us what we need and it is up to us to use it (compassion being one).

            April 20, 2017
            1. SEC

              Considering the evidence before us of today’s “Have it Your Way” world you think it is human decency? Yes after being told I don’t need you God will let us try it our way until we recognize our error.

              April 20, 2017
          5. noahbody

            I can’t help it. I believe in humanity.

            April 20, 2017
            1. SEC

              and how is that working out?

              April 20, 2017
          6. noahbody

            Good for the most part. People are what I expect them to be. With exceptions like wireless.

            April 20, 2017
            1. SEC

              https://www.prageru.com/courses/religionphilosophy/if-there-no-god-murder-isnt-wrong

              April 20, 2017
          7. noahbody

            Wrong. Murder is wrong no matter what. It is depriving another of their right to life. That right is our most basic right no matter your faith or lack of. No matter your political leanings.

            April 20, 2017
            1. SEC

              Oh and Darwin’s law of the survival of the fittest doesn’t apply to humans??? We only phrase it “might makes right” and killing another is the ultimate expression of might(power) over the other.

              April 20, 2017
          8. noahbody

            Killing another is never right. Never. It might be necessary at times but it doesn’t make it right.

            April 20, 2017
            1. SEC

              Then you are acknowledging an over arching arbiter of what is good and what is evil making it not of human opinion.

              April 20, 2017
          9. noahbody

            No. I merely acknowledge basic human rights. Rights some say apply to all of the fauna in the habitat although why they ignore the flora I have no clue. Perhaps it is because to do so means starvation.

            April 20, 2017
            1. SEC

              and from where to these rights come? If they come from men then when men change their mind these “rights” change too. Which is what we fought against to establish our own country, they didn’t like that the king had the final say as to what your rights were.

              April 20, 2017
          10. noahbody

            You’re right.

            April 20, 2017
      2. briton

        A man was lying on his bed when he heard a ghostly voice saying
        There’s nobody here but me and you.He replied
        Well as soon as I get my trousers on there’ll be nobody here but you!

        June 05, 2017
  2. magnocrat

    Its a nice comforting thought and some believe it but others reject it for many reasons. Perhaps the most significant is the utter ruthless carnage wrought by nature.

    April 21, 2017
  3. Munkyman

    https://youtu.be/w6Q3mHyzn78
    Now stuck in my head for the day.

    April 21, 2017
    1. SEC

      sorry

      April 21, 2017
      1. Munkyman

        & well you should be

        April 21, 2017
        1. SEC

          LoL

          April 21, 2017