Twenty days until Christmas

Our Father gave His Son, Christ gave His Life, what gifts will we give?

Suddenly Christmas seems to be right here.  For the next three weeks I want to share stories that have been shared with me.

Today’s gift: Faith.  For we walk by faith, not by sight.  2 Cor. 5: 7

According to legend, when a Cherokee boy reached the age of manhood he was taken into the forest by his father, blindfolded and left alone.  He was instructed to spend the night seated on a stump, not to remove the blindfold, not to cry out for help.  When the first rays of the morning sun shone on him his task would be complete.

If he survived the night he would be a man.

He could never speak of his experience in the woods to any of the other boys; each must come to manhood in his own way.

The night was long, the boy knew well the dangers in the forest.  He could hear sounds around him in the dark.  Wild beasts could be near; an enemy might come upon him in the night to do him harm.  It is hard not to think such thoughts sitting blindfolded in the dark.

The cold wind blew, the trees rustled and moaned, but the boy did not move. He must become a man.  The night was long.  The boy did not sleep, but finally he sensed the light of the sun.  It was time.

As the boy removed his blindfold he saw his father sitting in the clearing nearby.  He had stood watch through the night, protecting his son from harm.

This is the test for everyone.  We cannot see what lies ahead.  But we are never alone.  Even when we are overcome by darkness our Heavenly Father is watching over us.

He is always here.  When troubles come he is with us.  We may not see him, but he is here.

We are His children.  He loves us and He waits for us as we wait for the light.DSC_0019

Faith is a wonderful gift.  Merry Christmas!

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About Karen Hopkins

Karen Hopkins (1949-) was born in Los Angeles and raised in Martinez, California. At seventeen she moved to Talcahuano, Chile. After completing her university degree she worked in London, England for Pan American Airlines and traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East, and India. For twenty-six years Karen taught Spanish and English as a Second Language in a variety of settings including a private school in Panama, the "most remote school in the United States" in Ticaboo, Utah, the Navajo Reservation, and a teacher exchange in Hermosillo, Mexico. Karen and her husband traveled extensively throughout Mexico and Central America, spending many summers in the highlands of Chiapas and Guatemala . Karen currently lives in Southern Arizona, near the Mexican border.
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