People always say how mean kids can be, never how nice they can be.
This story will either make you cry, give you cold chills or just leave
you cold, but it puts life into perspective!
At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves learning-disabled
children, the father of one of the school's students delivered a speech
would never be forgotten by all that attended.
After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a
"Everything God does is done with perfection. Yet, my son Shay cannot
learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other
Where is God's plan reflected in my son?" The audience was stilled by
the query. The father continued. "I believe," the father answered, "that
when God brings a child like Shay into the world, an opportunity to
the Divine Plan presents itself and it comes in the way people treat
Then, he told the following story:
Shay and his father had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew
were playing baseball. Shay asked, "Do you think they will let me play?"
Shay's father knew that the boys would not want him on their team. But
father understood that if his son were allowed to play it would give him
much-needed sense of belonging.
Shay's father approached one of the boys on the field and asked if Shay
could play. The boy looked around for guidance from his teammates.
Getting none, he took matters into his own hands and said, "We are
six runs, and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our
team and we'll try to put him up to bat in the ninth inning."
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's team scored a few runs but
still behind by three. At the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a
and played in the outfield. Although no hits came his way, he was
obviously ecstatic just to be on the field, grinning from ear to ear as
his father waved to him from the stands.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay's team scored again. Now, with
two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base.
was scheduled to be the next at-bat. Would the team actually let Shay
at this juncture and give away their chance to win the game?
Shay was given the bat.
Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn't even
know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball.
However, as Shay stepped up to the plate, the pitcher moved a few steps
the ball in softly so Shay could at least be able to make contact.
The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed. The pitcher
again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly toward Shay. As
pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball to the
The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could easily have thrown the
ball to the first baseman. Shay would have been out and that would have
ended the game. Instead, the pitcher took the ball and threw it on a
high arc to right field, far beyond reach of the first baseman.
Everyone started yelling, "Shay, run to first, run to first." Never in
his life had Shay ever made it to first base. He scampered down the
baseline, wide-eyed and startled. Everyone yelled, "run to second, run
to second!" By the time Shay was rounding first base, the right fielder
had the ball. He could have thrown the ball to the second baseman for a
But the right fielder understood what the pitcher's intentions had been,
threw the ball high and far over the third baseman's head. Shay ran
second base as the runners ahead of him deliriously circled the bases
As Shay reached second base, the opposing shortstop ran to him, turned
him in the direction of third base, and shouted, "run to third!" As Shay
rounded third, the boys from both teams were screaming, "Shay! Run
Shay ran home, stepped on home plate and was cheered as the hero for
hitting a "grand slam" and winning the game for his team.
"That day," said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face,
"the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of the Divine Plan into
And now, a footnote to the story: We all send thousands of jokes
through e-mail without a second thought, but when it comes to sending
regarding life choices, people think twice about sharing. The crude,
and sometimes the obscene pass freely through cyberspace, but public
discussion of decency is too often suppressed in school and the
If you are thinking about forwarding this message, you are probably
about which people on your address list aren't the "appropriate" ones
to receive this type of message.
The person who sent this to you believes that we can all make a
We all have dozens of opportunities a day to help realize God's plan.
So many seemingly trivial interactions between people present us with a
choice; do we pass along a spark of the Divine-love that God gives to us
Or do we pass up that opportunity and leave the world a bit colder in