My Indian Vase

Recently, while on vacation, we visited a small Indian Reservation where we shopped for a piece of pottery.  We arrived early and this woman invited us into her home to show us the five pieces she had made to sell.  The vase I found was small, delicate and beautiful and she had $150 price marked on it.  I asked her what she would take for it and after thinking, she said $140.  She then told us of the steps in making this piece of art and I was almost embarrassed.  Before writing my check, I almost wrote it for $200 since I felt pity for how she lived.

Immediately, I caught my thought, wrote the check for $150 and she was beaming.  How dare me feel sorry for this lady who loved what she did and was so proud!  What a beautiful experience we had listening to her as she proudly told the steps her family had been taking for hundreds of years in making this pottery.

John 14:27 reads “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”  I felt such peace that day.

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Rite of Passage

Many years ago I had read about the young Cherokee Indian boy’s rite of passage into manhood.  Reread it again yesterday and amazed how touched I was.  The legend has it that when the boy becomes a certain age, he must sit alone in the woods with a blindfold over his eyes an entire night without crying out.  The blindfold comes off with the first ray of light shining.  There must be so much fearful noise and imaginings going on in his thoughts, while sitting there alone.

As the first rays of sunlight shine through the woods and he feels the warmth upon his skin; he removes the blindfold to find his father sitting beside him and has been the entire night watching over his son.  This just resonated with me as I thought about our heavenly Father always with us, even when we cannot see Him and especially, when our eyes are closed.

2 Corinthians 5:7 states “For we walk by faith, not by sight”

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