Shannon here: I asked my critique partner, Brenda S. Anderson, to write something special for this day and she rose to the occasion. Comment or answer the question at the end of the post to enter the drawing for a print copy of her latest Contemporary Romance, Place Called Home for US or a Kindle copy for International. Deadline: Sept 22nd, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Brenda:
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
It was one of those days everyone says they remember exactly what they were doing when they heard the news. I know I do.
September 11, 2001 was your average school day. I was in the kitchen, helping kids with breakfast and making lunches when our then nine-year-old daughter ran up the stairs to tell me about seeing a plane crashing into a building on TV.
I ran downstairs and was instantly riveted to the TV replaying video of the planes flying directly into the twin towers of the World Trade Center and hearing about the threat of terrorism.
Was our nation safe? What about Minnesota? Minneapolis? Was the Midwest a target as well? Would school be called off today? If not, should I send my children?
I did end up putting the kids on the school bus, with reservations, but I (a non-worrier) was concerned for them the entire day. Like many other people, I couldn’t get anything done. Instead, I sat glued to the television screen.
It was a numbing moment. A numbing day. You didn’t know what to think. We all felt vulnerable.
But it was also a day when many people became heroes.
- Firefighters who ran into burning buildings.
- First responders who ran toward the disaster.
- Law enforcement who kept the chaos under control.
- Medical personnel dealing with massive death and injury.
Even the average person stepped into the hero role.
- The mom heading to the store.
- The business traveler flying across country.
- The students on their way to class.
People of all ages, races, genders, wealth, faiths, pitched in to help.
People who had neglected going to church, began worshiping again.
Many got on their knees for the first time in a long time, or for the first time ever.
And in spite of the tragedy, or perhaps because of it, our nation united and became stronger.
But now the nation is broken again.
God can heal it.
The challenge is to remain vigilantly on our knees, even when there is no tragedy drawing us together.
We need to lift up our leaders in your prayers.
Our president and our government.
Our pastors and our churches.
Our teachers and our schools.
Our employers and our work places.
Our cities, neighborhoods, neighbors.
Our parents, children, and family.
Because when we humbly seek Him and pray, He’s promised to hear us. He will forgive us. And He will heal our brokenness.
Brenda S. Anderson writes gritty and authentic, life-affirming fiction. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and is Past-President of the ACFW Minnesota chapter, MN-NICE, the 2016 ACFW Chapter of the Year. When not reading or writing, she enjoys music, theater, roller coasters, and baseball, and she loves watching movies with her family. She resides in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area with her husband of 31 years, their three children, and one sassy cat. Learn more & connect:
About the book – Place Called Home:
All she wants is a settled place to call home.
He can’t wait to make home a life-long road trip.
All Tessa Chanson ever wanted was a stable place to call home. She thought she’d found that when she moved in with Jared—until his home became her prison. When his control escalates, the only answer is to escape—an escape that’s hampered when she falls and fractures her ankle.
While building his graphic design company, Nate Brooks is focused on the future he’s dreamed of: traveling around the country from the comfort of his renovated school bus. But when he picks up a wounded, mysterious hitchhiker, those well-laid plans take a backseat to protecting her.
Hobbled by her injury, Tessa fears she’ll never find freedom. Or has she found it with the family who graciously opens their home to her? And will Nate’s protection put his family—and his heart—at risk?
PLACE CALLED HOME is Book 11 of “The Potter’s House Books,” stories of love, hope, redemption, and second chances.
Question for Readers: Where were you on 9/11? Please share your memories as our nation continues to heal.
Come back Sept 14th for Brenda’s Character Interview!