in tandem, each of the ninety-three students
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
and moms freely brushed away tears.
class would not pray during the commencements ----- not by choice but
because of a recent court ruling
it. The principal and several students were
stay within the guidelines allowed by the
inspirational and challenging speeches, but no
divine guidance and no one asked for
on the graduates or their families. The speeches were nice, but they
were routine....... until the final speech
a standing ovation.
student walked proudly to the microphone. He
and silent for just a moment, and then he
his speech.....an astounding sneeze.
rest of the students rose immediately to their feet,
and in unison
audience exploded into applause. The graduating class found a unique way
to invoke God's blessing on their future ... with or without the court's