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Based on a Native American Legend & submitted

by Rev. Tom Dancing Feather Ebbing

 

Once upon a time the colors of the world started to quarrel: all claimed that they were the best, the most important, the most useful, the favorite.

GREEN said: "Clearly I am the most important. I am the sign of life and of hope. I was chosen for grass, trees, leaves - without me, all animals would die. Look over the countryside and you will see that I am in the majority."

BLUE interrupted: "You only think...

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RAY MCCUNE NOW A PART OF BOY SCOUT TROOP 38 AND TROOP 44

Yes, it's true. It's been a few years since I was Scoutmaster of Troop 44 and visiting the old Scout Cabin brought back a lot of memories; so many in fact that I decided to help the troop get back on it's feet. Although I started Boy Scout Troop 38 some 10 years ago and am still a part of it by being a committee member, I thought I'd share my scouting skills with another troop. Each Monday night is spent jumping back and forth between...

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Dear Cousin,

 

A killing frost fell upon our hills, and hollers last night, leaving behind white death to many of our tender plants and flowers. The azalea bush that proudly sported brilliant orange blossoms hangs down with wilted and drooping flowers this morning. The catalpa tree didn't escape the damage, but stands with blasted leaves and blackened flower buds.

The garden soil has stayed so wet that we haven't planted any crops yet, so we escaped the disappointment of ruined tomato and...

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The West direction on the Medicine Wheel is the Looks-Within-Place- Introspection. This is the time for listening. God will send all that we need for our Earthly journey. Remember, He sent His son - The Way Shower. We Natives have our ceremonies - the pipe, the sweat lodge, the vision quest - the sacred herbs, our dances. We listen to our elders with love and respect. They help us to connect with that Holy Spirit in a good way. We have endured much suffering and loss. At a time, there were many...

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It is hard to imagine being in a delivery room, and having no reason not to think that the baby would be fine. But it happened. Justin was born ten years ago with a cleft lip and palate. For anyone who has a child born with a birth defect, you know that it takes years of surgery, a resistant insurance company, searches for answers as to "why" and a final surrender to acceptance. This happened to our family. Because Justin always seemed to go with the flow, being the 2nd of four children, and...

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I asked God to grant me patience.

God said, "No; patience is a by-product of tribulations; it is not granted; it is earned."

I asked God to give me happiness.

God said, "No, I give you blessings; happiness is up to you."

I asked God to spare me pain.

God said, "No, suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me."

I asked God to make my spirit grow.

God said, "No, you must grow on your own, but I will prune you to make you fruitful."

I asked for all things that...

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