GRAND ISLAND — “My mind drifts to six months ago,
My nine-year-old asked,
‘Can we go to church? I’ve never been.’
‘Neither have I,’ I replied.
‘Do you believe in God,’ he asked.
‘I don’t know,’ I replied.
A story about a Grand Island mother and son’s quest for God has made it into the most recent edition of the world famous “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series.
Amy Morgan wrote the story about eight years ago and had submitted it to another publisher that went out of business.
Just two weeks ago she received a phone call from a woman who introduced herself as Morgan’s publicist. The story had mysteriously landed into the hands of those who publish the “Chicken Soup” series. The Grand Island writer hung up the phone and said to her husband, “Oh my gosh, I have a publicist.”
Morgan has been writing her whole life. But this story was special. It started in the late ‘90s when her 9-year-old son asked her, “why don’t we go to church?”
Although Amy and her husband Kevin were married at Trinity Church on Grand Island, and although their only child, Abram, was baptized there, they had never been to church as a family. The three began attending Trinity and both mother and son began to take Bible study classes at the church.
Amy found some comfort in the biblical stories and teaching. “It was a real journey of faith for me. I had never been part of a church before.”
The adventure was very fortifying for the pair. And the odd little miracle surrounding her story’s publication has not escaped her notice.
“This is really remarkable, considering I didn’t even submit it to the Chicken Soup for the Soul publishers,” she said.