It feels like every day we hear some new story about a company removing the word “Christmas” from their display or a judge refusing to allow a cross on some public lands. It’s hard to see something you love getting slowly taken out of public life.
This following story was an email forward a few years ago. It’s a true story (if a little exaggerated) about a group of high school graduates that wouldn’t let a court ruling keep God out of their graduation ceremony.
They walked in tandem, each of the ninety-two students filing into the already crowded auditorium. With their 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.
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, it happened.
All 92 students, every single one of them, suddenly SNEEZED!!!!
The student on stage.. simply looked at the audience and said:
“GOD BLESS YOU, each and every one of you!”
And he walked off stage…
The audience exploded into applause. This graduating class had found a unique way to invoke God’s blessing on their future with or without the court’s approval.
– Author Unknown
Okay, so we admit that this story is a bit of a fabrication. In reality it wasn’t quite this dramatic but we couldn’t help ourselves. If you’d like to see how it really happened, read here.