Forward Today: Of prayer and patience

Editor’s Note: We bring you our Forward Today weekly message a bit ahead of schedule this week, to give our community the latest updates on our Executive Director Scott Gunn’s condition and to ask continued prayers for his recovery. Thanks to The Rev. Kate Wesch, our Board Chair, for stepping in to write.

Dear friends in Christ,

My name is Kate Wesch and I am the Chair of the Board of Forward Movement. On behalf of the staff and members of the board, I would like to thank you for your care, concern, and prayers for Scott Gunn since his serious medical incident last week.

Recent reports from Scott’s wife, Sherilyn Pearce, say that he has come a long way in a short amount of time. Sherilyn also says, “It is not an overstatement when I say that it is miraculous that he is alive.” If I have learned anything from Scott, it’s that God can do anything, and the power of prayer can indeed be miraculous.

It was only a couple months ago that the board gathered in New York City to pray, enjoy one another’s company, and dream about the mission and ministry of Forward Movement. This ministry is about reaching a disparate community, providing resources to all Episcopalians, and ultimately inspiring disciples and empowering evangelists. And, as we have seen in the past week through so many messages of care and concern, this is Christian community as well.

While we wait for more news, hoping Scott is okay, worrying about his friends and loved ones, we must remember that God is in this. God is in the waiting too. God is present in our prayers even when they don’t seem like enough. Because I’ll tell you a secret. They are. Your prayers are enough.

And so, may we continue to pray:

O God of heavenly powers, by the might of your command you drive away from our bodies all sickness and all infirmity: Be present in your goodness with your servant Scott., that his weakness may be banished and his strength restored; and that, his health being renewed, he may bless your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

In faith and peace,

The Rev. Kate Wesch
Board Chair