Recently in Bill Keane’s Family Circus comic strip the little boy says,
“Ah-Choo!” and his mother says, “God bless you!” He says it
again and again she says, “God bless you.” He does it again and
again, getting louder each time, and again and again his mother says, “God
bless you.” After the fifth “Ah-Choo!” his mother says,
“You’re pushing it.” The little boy replies, “I was just tryin’
to be really blest.”

Most of us know that the custom of saying “God bless you” after a
sneeze stems from an old superstition that in sneezing we are expelling demons
from our bodies. And most of us know that already we have been really blest!
Most of us have been blest so much we don’t need any more blessings. We need
only to be grateful for the blessings we already have, and to be ready to share
some of our blessings with others.

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About The Author

Robert Shannon, a retired preacher living in North Carolina, began preaching at the age of 16. He has preached in churches in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Florida, his longest ministry at First Christian Church of Largo Florida. Now in semi-retirement, he has preached regularly for churches in North Carolina and Tennessee. He has also contributed to kingdom work as a missionary to Eastern Europe and as a Bible College professor. He is past-president of the North American Christian Convention. Bob is the author or co-author of several books.

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