In February, we, a group of concerned citizens, began looking for people to run for City Council, we knew we needed change. I personally asked several people who live in Ward 2, who would put the peoples needs first, to run. No one wanted to take on the troubles and one was even honestly talking about leaving rather than trying to fix what they see as broken with the city of St. Cloud.
I had hoped that someone else would step up, but in the back of my mind I knew that under no circumstances could the incumbent city councilman run unopposed again. A challenger was necessary for the race in Ward 2.
God knows our limited human vision and has a plan. I do not pretend to understand the plan, or know His timing, but it became very clear to me in very personal ways that I was here at this time and in the position to be a challenger.
Stepping out of my comfort zone I went about gathering the necessary signatures on the petition to enter the race. On several occasions I have been blessed with more clear evidence that this was indeed the right action, from a meeting yesterday that has now created the amazing potential to get the entire city better trained in hands only CPR, to meeting with the inspiring "hand up" group at Promise Neighborhood, to making and facilitating connections that will hopefully be a further blessing to all involved.
I am opening this blog with thanks and prayer to God. It is as it must be.
My dear friend Denise and I have begun to pray everyday at noon, we pray for our families, our friends and for the city of St. Cloud. I humbly ask that you join us as we are told in Matthew 18:18-20 “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
Eventually seated on city council or not, I am already a winner with the blessings and new connections from entering this race. A race that was never part of my plan to run; but this is not my plan.
I am thankful for being in a position to be a part of this race for city council, for the support, new connections and everyone involved, thank you. I look forward to being a part of the continued blessings and reaching out to our community in real lasting ways.