Cherokee Legend - A Boy Becomes a Man
For a boy to become a man, there is a task he must endure.
Bravery and faith is needed for his rite of passage to secure.
At dusk, his brave father takes him into the forest deep.
He must endure this test alone and is not allowed to sleep.
He is told to sit upon a stump and a blindfold is placed over his eyes.
Alone in the forest and blind, he must remain there until the sunrise.
He cannot cry out and if he survives, his manhood will be cast.
His whole life he has been told great stories of generations past.
Naturally terrified, the boy hears all sorts of wild beasts all around.
Exposed to the elements and unable to see, only intensifies the sound.
The wind blows cold in the darkness, yet the boy sits, still and brave.
He must complete this task, not wanting his manhood to deprave.
At daybreak, the sun finally pierces the darkness and chased away the night.
He removes the blindfold and across from him he sees an unforgettable sight.
The whole night his father had been there protecting him from harm.
Quietly he kept watch over his son, not wanting to cause any alarm.
Through this dark night, have you learned about "FAITH" my brave son?
Though you did not see me, I never left and your manhood has been won.
Just because you could not see me, did not mean that I was not there.
By faith, not by sight, walk. I will not leave those, for whom I care.