The Big Sneeze
This class would not pray during the commencements: not by
choice but because of a recent court ruling prohibiting it. The principal and
several students were careful to stay within the guidelines allowed by the
ruling. They gave inspirational and challenging speeches, but no one
mentioned divine guidance and no one asked for blessings on the graduates
or their families. The speeches were nice, but they were routine until
the final speech received a standing ovation.
A solitary student walked proudly to the microphone. He stood still
and silent for just a moment, and then he delivered his speech ... an
The rest of the students rose immediately to their feet, and in
unison they said, "GOD BLESS YOU."
The audience exploded into applause. The graduating class found a
unique way to invoke God's blessing on their future with or without the
||They walked in tandem, each of the ninety-three students filing into the already crowded auditorium. With rich maroon gowns flowing and the traditional caps, they looked almost as grown up as they felt. Dads swallowed hard behind broad smiles, and moms freely brushed away tears.
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