Yesterday I received a rather frantic email from a reader: "Dear Patrice, I was over at the Feral Irishman's blog and he linked to Duke's blog that Stephen from the "Standing on the Outside Looking In" [blog] had a heart attack. As a blogger can you verify if this is true? Stephen is such a darling man and has been going through so much lately. I did not want to bother you with an e-mail, but Stephen has been so sweet to me and to so many other people. Thank you for any information you can provide."
Concerned, I jumped onto the blogs she mentioned and found there was indeed a rumor that Stephen from Standing Outside Looking In was in "blogger down" status.
I sent an email to Stephen: "Hello Stephen: Rumor has it you've suffered a heart attack. A reader sent me a rather frantic email asking if this was true, and I've been trying to track down your email so I could ask. I hope to God you'll laugh this off as just that -- a rumor. Please let me know...? If it IS true, I'll post a prayer request on my blog. Either way, my friend, be healthy!"
I was both grateful and disturbed to receive a quick response which confirmed the worst: "Hello, Lovely Patrice. Yes it's true. Out of nowhere, two hours before my birthday, a heart attack. I type this from my room at Baptist Medical Center. I should be home in a couple of days. Prayer is always welcomed. God bless you. All my best to Don and the girls."
It's typical of what I know about Stephen to humbly give his best to my family as he lies on his sick bed in a hospital.
Please, folks, keep Stephen in your prayers. Please pray for a speedy and complete recovery. Prayer is, indeed, always welcome.
And happy birthday, Stephen. May you have many many more.
NOTE: For an update, see this link.