Spirituality in young people? Many of them have quit going to Sunday School and church. They may say they are not religious. They may say they don’t pray. Recent research shows that 1/3 of young adults in Indiana have no religious affiliation. And yet, here and there, spirituality is shining through in daily actions. My colleague, Ingrid Peschke, writing for the June 7, 2015 edition of The MetroWest Daily News, shines some revealing light on the subject. Here’s Ingrid:
When a graduation speech in rural Alabama produced a spontaneous prayer to a healing God I wanted to stand up and clap, too.
Senior Christian Crawford struck YouTube fame and received national media attention for his public appeal to God during a medical emergency in the audience. His prayer went viral after he delivered it to the crowd during Clay Chalkville High School’s graduation ceremony this past May.
Speaking to more than 1,000 people, the graduate said the words just came to his thought to help the woman in her need: “We know that prayer is power and that God is able. We pray right now that whatever is going on that You will fix it. God we pray that you will heal it. We know that you are a God who is a fixer. You are a God who is a healer…”
Later it was reported that the woman in the audience, who had suffered a seizure, was doing fine.
Crawford gives all the credit to God for his prayer, which served as a kind of first aid and warmed so many hearts that day, helping people feel peace instead of panic.
In a time where crossing the line between religion and education is rarely done, this student’s actions showed that some young people rely on their faith for answers to life’s challenges and they’re not shy about making it known.