Over on rec.arts.sf.written this question has been asked with no answer forthcoming. Anyone?

I’m looking for a story ID. I read it many years ago, and it wasn’t new then. Basic plot: we have a wildly, wildly, WILDLY popular writer of religious songs who isn’t particularly religious herself but her fans think she is. Her latest hit has a name something along the lines of “Lord give me a baby”. It’s a very big hit. And suddenly she has a baby. No pregnancy. No father. No husband, ‘cause she ain’t married. Big problem if, when, her fans find out. And then other things start happening. It seems that she can get anything that she asks for, whether she really wants it or not, just by praying, which in her case means merely asking God for something. The story ends with her saying “Lord, give me strength” and the desk or table or whatever she’s holding starts to break up.

Anyone have any ideas as to what the name might be and who might have perpetuated it?

  • Do we know the original asker is still active? How can we be expected to identify something if you, yourself, can not confirm the identification? – Gnemlock Jan 18 '20 at 6:01
  • Gnemlock, if anyone IDs it and its not abundantly clear that the answer is or isn't correct, I'll track down a copy and confirm it for myself. The details given are specific enough that confirming it should be easy. – Moriarty Jan 19 '20 at 20:51
  • And yet here we are, 2 years and 1 month later, no even suggestion of an answer.. – Gnemlock Feb 26 '20 at 22:37
  • @Gnemlock yep, it must be pretty obscure. – Moriarty Feb 26 '20 at 23:47

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