The Graduation of Benjamin Eugene Bland

Something happened yesterday that was supposed to happen; Benjamin Eugenie Bland graduated from Morgan County High School with honors.

Something happened yesterday that was supposed to happen; Benjamin Eugene Bland graduated from Morgan County High School.

  • Benjamin Eugene Bland was born on December 13, 1996 addicted to crack.
  • The drug damaged his body and brain leaving him with a host of physical and mental problems.
  • He was adopted as an infant by my sister Cheryl. She named him after my father Benjamin.

Something happened yesterday that was supposed to happen; Benjamin Eugene Bland graduated from Morgan County High School.

  • Benjamin Eugene Bland was sick most of his young life; my sister and his grandmother, Mary Lois Bland, spent countless hours in hospitals, treatment centers and doctor’s officers as he fought for his life.
  • His IQ as measured by most standardized tests is well below standard for his age and grade, he is autistic and has difficulty engaging people.
  • Despite his IQ, Ben is an honors math student. While engaging people is hard for him, he is still a sought after math tutor.
  • He drives a car, holds a steady job, and he will be enrolled in vocational technical school in the fall.

Something happened yesterday that was supposed to happen; Benjamin Eugene Bland graduated from Morgan County High School with honors.

Let’s face it, by all rights my nephew Benjamin Eugene Bland:

– A crack baby
– A sick child
– A student with a substandard IQ
– A person with Autism

Should not be graduating from high school, actually he should not be alive at all.

However, my sister Cheryl placed her trust in God and as Philippians 4:13 tells us: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

With that strength, something happened yesterday that was supposed to happen; Benjamin Eugenie Bland graduated from Morgan County High School.

6 thoughts on “The Graduation of Benjamin Eugene Bland”

  1. Thank you for yet another reminder of His grace! Your sister and mother surely understood Jesus’ directive to Peter of “Feed my lambs, tend my sheep.”

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