2008 Annual Morning of Prayer

The YMCA second annual Morning of Prayer sponsored by the Chandler-Gilbert YMCA was one of the most inspiring mornings I have attended in a long time. I go to  church every Sunday, but this was really something special.  They say faith is like electricity, you can’t  see it, but you can feel it in the room and you could definitely feel it in this room.  What was great about this particular prayer breakfast was that it was multidenominational.  We had religious leaders of all faiths including a Muslim Imam and a Jewish Rabbi.  Gilbert was particularly well represented by Father Greg Schlarb of St. Anne Catholic Church  and Bishop Brian Chapman of the Gilbert Stake of the LDS Church.  The Master of Ceremonies of the event was John Sentz of Gilbert.  Mayor Boyd Dunn and I both spoke, but the highlight of the event was special guest speaker Eric Swann of Gilbert.  Those of you who follow professional football will remember Eric Swann as the only football player ever drafted into the National Football League without ever playing college football.  I have heard a lot of professional motivational speaker, but I have never heard one any better than Eric.  If you ever get a chance to hear him, don’t miss it.  If you are looking for a motivational speaker contact me and I will try to hook you up with him.  They say behind every successful man is a great woman and in Eric case that woman would be his beautiful wife Leslie.  She is absolutely delightful.  The entire event was conceived by Mr. Rick Montondo of Chandler.  Rick was battling some pretty big health issues while putting this all together and did a great job.

Steve

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