Wednesday, April 2, 2008

THE SNEEZE

Received this today from Merwin Goldsmith. I think you'll like it.

They walked in tandem, each of the 92 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.

Isn't this a wonderful story? Pass it on to all your friends.........and GOD BLESS YOU!!

This is a true story; it happened at the University of
Maryland .

1 comment:

jackiepaper126 said...

Just for the record, while this story is based loosely on an actual event, the facts in your post are not true, nor did anything of the sort happen at the University of Maryland.

The real story involved the speaker at a high school graduation faking a sneeze, and some of his friends shouting "god bless you". Also, the teen girl after whom the lawsuit banning the religious trappings at this public high school graduation was named was loudly booed by many of the students when she received her diploma. Great act of morality and kindness, huh?