Written by Brandi Addison – Parker County Daily Post
(PCDP) Left to right Paige Hunn, Hannah Floyd, Keighley Parsons, and Savanna Thomas. Photo by Stephen Burch
On November 11, four girls walked into Starbucks, getting a well-deserved cappuccino after spending an entire day at school.
Paige Hunn was still wearing her backpack; Hannah Floyd was wearing a Weatherford Christian tee and her letter jacket; Keighley Parsons was wearing her pleated skirt—from her uniform—and her letter jacket; Savanna Thomas was wearing that same pleated skirt and her letter jacket.
After receiving their drinks, the four girls stood around to chat amongst each other. Suddenly, to interrupt their conversation, was an abrupt sneeze that carried sound across the coffee shop. Floyd stopped in the middle of her conversation and turned her head, only to respond with “God bless you.”
A man sitting nearby took that particular phrase into recognition greatly and complimented her for the openness she encompasses in her use of the word “God.”
He said to her “I especially appreciate the first word you used before ‘bless you.’ It’s not too often, you hear that anymore,” which Floyd responded with “Well, it’s a lost word in our generation. So, I try to keep saying it.”
As she received that acknowledgment from him, her friends—with wide eyes and unspeaking lips—looked around and seemed surprised to see that she received such recognition for something so small.
The man then noticed the astonishment on their faces and jokingly said “your friends are thinking to themselves ‘Come on. Stop being a Jesus freak around us,’” and they all laughed, until Keighley nodded her head down to her binders and said “Actually, I’m carrying my Bible with me right now.”
The conversation continued and Burch joked again and said “I used to carry mine with me everywhere too. Then I finally started reading it.” The girls laughed again and Floyd said “It makes it that much better then, doesn’t it?”
All at the same time, the four girls said, “We actually go to Weatherford Christian,” and Floyd giggled and continued, “So we all definitely love Jesus!”
Floyd said it makes her upset when she realizes how lost the teachings of God has become; however, she is very eager to go out and teach the word even more. When asked later if she hopes by her use of the phrase “God bless you,” others will catch onto it and it will trend again, she responded with “Of course! I think it’s super important that God be recognized. Our nation was founded on religion—we need to uphold that in our generation!”
Being a part of the exact same generation these four girls are from, it makes me smile to think that the teachings of God aren’t lost completely. But, also, at the same time, it makes me sad that He is so seldom spoken of, that one should be commended when using his name.
As these four girls definitely do deserve the acknowledgment they received for being bold in their faith—in such a secular world we are now living in—God’s name shouldn’t be used so scarcely used.
“I am confident in my faith and want everyone to know my savior like I do,” Floyd said, she then continued for all of them, “It means so much that God is a part of our daily lives and for that to be recognized just makes us so happy!”
Thinking back to their free-spirits and great attitudes, we need more people in this world to be as bold and as faithful as Hannah, Keighley, Paige, and Savanna, in order we can bring back the words “God” and “Christ” into our everyday language.
Even the small steps you take in exposing your faith—such as saying “God bless you” or carrying around your Bible or even wearing your Christian school’s uniform—do not go unnoticed and can certainly affect believers and non-believers. And who knows? It can even have the potential of leading someone to Christ as their Savior.