The Sneeze

You are probably wandering what sneezing has to do with our industry. It is quite simple. After sharing a short story with you, I am sure you will want to share it with as many of your team, family, and other towers as soon as you can. This event happened at a university located in Maryland.

Perhaps most of us within the last 30 days have known someone such as a family member, friend, neighbor, or someone from church who graduated from grade school, high school, or college. What happened in this story might brighten your spirits during these trying times in our country.

Imagine that you are graduating and excited to walk with your class so the world can see your accomplishment. As you walk in tandem down the aisle in front of those assembled, envision each of the ninety-two classmates filing into the already crowded auditorium wearing a maroon gown. The gowns are swaying to the music along with the tassels atop of the traditional caps. Each graduate looks almost as grown up as they feel.

Family members and friends are proudly looking on. You can see dads swallow hard behind broad smiles and many a mom brushes away tears. Their baby has reached a milestone! Unfortunately, even though you are excited, things are going to be different during this graduation ceremony because a ruling has already come down from the government. This class was NOT going to pray during commencement, not by choice though but because of the recent court ruling prohibiting prayer.

True to the government’s edict, the principal and several students were careful to stay within the guidelines as allowed by the ruling of the state. Each presenter gave inspirational and challenging speeches, but no one mentioned divine guidance. Furthermore, no one asked for blessings on the graduates or their families. Each speaker was nice, but they were routine and regimented until the final speaker completed his speech.

As the final speaker reached the edge of the stage, this solitary student walked proudly to the microphone. Took a deep breath and stood still and silent for a moment or two, and then it happened.

All 92 students…every single one of them … suddenly SNEEZED!!! The student commanding the stage simply looked at the audience and said, “God bless you” and walked off the stage. The audience exploded into uproar and applause. The 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?

I hope you will pass this story on to a fellow tower, any police officers on the scene or your friends and neighbors. God bless You!!!

Since our country is changing in so many areas without much input in what we want or thought possible, please tell as many towers and other people about this story as you can. Doing so will restore your faith in our people. Oh, how I wish this story will be repeated daily. We should be proud of our God, our flag, and our country again and not be afraid to say it.

With NO excuses, I ask God to bless you. See you next time!