From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

October 20

As the principal of the largest high school in Oklahoma City, my role in the baccalaureate service was minimal. I helped students pin collars on their robes, quieted the nervous jitters and supervised as they lined up for this most important event.

Finally, all was in readiness, and I slid silently into a back pew. The program began normally with a routine of introductions and speeches. Then came the senior solo —one of the most coveted parts of the ceremony.

One of our young ladies walked proudly to the lectern to sing “His Eye Is on the Sparrow.” However, as she began, she stumbled through the first verse, and tears started running down her face. Suddenly, from the back of the church, the song echoed from another voice. Her older sister calmly walked down the center aisle of the church, keeping her eyes on her sister, and she continued to sing along. Side by side, they sang triumphantly, the original singer buoyed by the love and courage of her family member, until the song was finished.

Rita Billbe

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