Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Shay's story

I'm sure most if not everyone here has read this story but I just LOVE it and recently was just thinking about it. I wish there were more stories like this and that all children could expereince glorious moments like this as well. So, here it is. ENJOY!

At a fundraising dinner for a schoolthat serves learning-disabled children,the father of one of the school's studentsdelivered a speech that would neverbe forgotten by all who attended.After extolling the schooland its dedicated staff,he offered a question."Everything God does is done with perfection.Yet, my son Shaycannot learn thingsas other children do.He cannot understand thingsas other children do.Where is God's planreflected in my son?" The audience was stilled by the query.The father continued."I believe,"the father answered,"that when God brings a childlike Shay into the world,an opportunity to realizethe Divine Planpresents itselfand it comes inthe way people treat that child."Then,he told the following story:Shay and his father had walkedpast a park where some boysShay knew were playing baseball.Shay asked,"Do you think they will let me play?"Shay's father knew that most boyswould not want him on their team.But the father understoodthat if his son were allowed to play it would give hima much-needed sense of belonging.

Shay's father approached one of the boys on the fieldand asked if Shay could play.The boy looked around for guidance from his teammates.Getting none,he took matters into his own handsand said,"We are losing by six runs,and the game is in the eighth inning.I guess he can be on our teamand we'll try toput him up to bat in the ninth inning."In the bottom of the eighth inning,Shay's team scored a few runsbut was still behind by three.At the top of the ninth inning,Shay put on a gloveand played in the outfield.

Although no hits came his way,he was obviously ecstaticjust to be on the field,grinning from ear to earas his father waved to him from the stands.In the bottom of the ninth inning,Shay's team scored again.Now, with two outsand the bases loaded,the potential winning run was on base.Shay was scheduled to bethe next at-bat.Would the team actually let Shay batat this junctureand give away theirchance to win the game?Surprisingly,Shay was given the bat.

Everyone knewthat 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 tolob the ball in softlyso 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 the pitch came in,Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball to the pitcher.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 Shayever 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 tag.But the right fielder understood what the pitcher'sintentions had been, so he threw the ball highand far over the third baseman's head.Shay ran towards second baseas the runners ahead of him deliriously circledthe bases towards home.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 home!"Shay ran home,stepped on home plateand 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 this world."Shay, Was 'King' For a Day!



Blogger Shelly said...

Absolutely beautiful! Too bad not many others will be as loving as those boys were that day. However, we can raise or teach others to.

Thank you for Sharing!


11:51 AM  
Blogger BStrong said...

What a great story. Sounds like the boys are a product of good parenting, and that's where it starts.

9:19 AM  
Blogger Trista said...

Beautiful story. We need more people like this in the world.

Thanks for sharing.

2:16 PM  

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