Here’s your morning hug

I love stuff like this. Thanks to the reader who sent it along.


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.

SNOPES verifies the basics of the sneeze, but reports it was actually the speaker who sneezed and the rest of the graduating class who responded “God bless you.”

There’s a lot of icky we read on a daily basis. These students graduated in 2001. They are out in the world now. That, folks, has to give you a little hope.

Maybe that clever class leader kept up his knack for doing good while being bad.


  1. Thanks, I needed that. While it is a sad commentary on the misinterpretation of separation of church and state, it does warm the heart that these young adults recognized the importance of seeking God’s blessing on their lives.