The Sneeze

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
March 13, 2012

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,


And he walked off the stage…

The audience exploded into applause.

  1. An overwhelming majority of people do not object to public prayer. I know of at least two public schools in my own county who start their teacher meetings with prayer and of one school whose coach allows, even encourages, student led prayer. The Senior Center where I attend regularly pauses for public led prayer of thanks before we eat–I sometimes give the returning of thanks for the food when I am asked. I’ll save the rest for a blog of my own!


  2. Cute story. I worked at a mostly Hispanic high school in Phoenix for years and we always opened and ended graduation with prayers. Even without sneezing!


  3. "Working for Christ" said:

    God bless you, too, Kenny T! I hope you have a nice weekend. 🙂 Dave


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