This is our inaugural blog! It needs a name. Until we come up with a catchy one, we'll call it, "Our Blog Needs a Name." I do so hope someone out there in cyberspace reads this and has some ideas for a name…ASAP. Don't you?! Waiting to hear your ideas!
Is there any better way to begin a blog than talking about answers to prayer? I can't think of one. So, answers to prayer…
We get answers to small heart prayers as the Trappist monk Thomas Merton writes in Contemplative Prayer. He describes prayer as a "watchful listening of the heart." Oh, listen well, my heart!
But we also get answers to prayers that need banners to announce them…think of angels singing @ Jesus' birth…"Hark, the Herald Angels Sing!"
This is answered prayer with a banner and a "Drum Roll, Please!" as Carole Alexander (Executive Director of The Next STEPP, our 2017 grant winner) emailed:
The Medical Director for The Next STEPP Center
"With gratitude for the prayers and efforts of our many champions - volunteers, donors, board members and staff - we are excited to introduce Dr. Stephen J. Shields as Medical Director of Next STEPP!After over a year of seeking, God has answered our prayers for a volunteer Medical Director. Many thanks to Dr. Shields for agreeing to direct and supervise our provision of life-affirming medical options in our community. To God be the Glory!"
So this answered prayer is yours and mine to SHARE; it could be on a banner! It is the topic of our first blog, focusing on SHARING, a shortened version of 100 SHARES Tampa Bay. Get it?
I challenge you today to SHARE this good news with the walker on the beach or your daughter or the postal carrier. What other answered prayer, either to a small heart prayer or to one needing a banner, can you SHARE with us? Will you do that? SHARE that with us? Is it about—
Your prodigal daughter's return?
Your friend who SHARED her heart…just @ the perfect time?
Your life of generosity and blessing?
And don't forget…our blog needs a name.