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
The student on stage.. simply looked at the audience and
said, "GOD BLESS YOU, each and every one of you!" And he walked off
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.
Not sure if it's true. Doesn't really matter to me. Just interesting that such creativity is needed in order to simply acknowledge God in a small way even though the dollars used for tuition say "In God We Trust" on them.