On Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 5:00:53 PM UTC-5, Robert Carnegie wrote:
> On Sunday, 7 January 2018 15:14:52 UTC, Wolffan wrote:
> > On 2018 Jan 04, Wolffan wrote
> > (in article<***@news.supernews.com>):
> > > I’m looking for a story ID. I read it many years ago, and it wasn’t new
> > > then. Basic plot: we have a wildly, wildly, WILDLY popular writer of
> > > religious songs who isn’t particularly religious herself but her fans think
> > > she is. Her latest hit has a name something along the lines of “Lord give
> > > me a baby”. It’s a very big hit. And suddenly she has a baby. No
> > > pregnancy. No father. No husband, ‘cause she ain’t married. Big problem
> > > if, when, her fans find out. And then other things start happening. It seems
> > > that she can get anything that she asks for, whether she really wants it or
> > > not, just by praying, which in her case means merely asking God for
> > > something. The story ends with her saying “Lord, give me strength” and
> > > the desk or table or whatever she’s holding starts to break up.
> > >
> > > Anyone have any ideas as to what the name might be and who might have
> > > perpetuated it?
> > no one has any ideas?
> Not yet, but, I wonder if the real-life career of
> Aimee Semple McPherson corresponds to the story particularly.
> She was an American radio evangelist, amongst other things.
Such as being the basis for the character, Sharon Falconer, in "Elmer
Gantry" by Sinclair Lewis, and brought to life on the screen by the
luminous Jean Simmons.
> Or, some writer thought it would be amusing to tell a story
> about God answering a prayer whenever he was mentioned.
"Now, Kevin, even `no' is an answer," Mother would say.
"Silence gives consent" didn't apply, apparently.