Hot and sweaty I came in from a 10-minute run. Wiping my forehead and drinking a large glass of water, I’d neglected to turn off the TV.  Absently, I observed as the morning show hosts flashed the live picture of the first tower with a large gaping hole. Flames shot from the opening.

As we watched, another plane plowed into the second tower. There was a gut wrenching realization that this was a terrorist attack. What I didn’t know was that within a few hours I would watch in horror as both towers collapsed. All doubt regarding a systematic attack was erased when news cameras quickly craned on the Pentagon attack. Then the Pennsylvania crash was recorded.

Moment by moment, I realized that history was being made. For the first time, the entire world watched as buildings crumbled and planes crashed, dragging our nation into an extended, brutal war.  Our prayer for our nation remains the same.  We pray for God’s mercy as we repent of those things which are glaring sins and failures in our lives.

Linda G. Howard, “A Simple Life, A Childlike Faith”

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Another Linda G. Howard?

Another Linda G. Howard?

Forget robbing of identity.  There are more of me than just me.  She’s a lawyer from New York City.  And she’s a novelist with tons of books on the store shelves.  But I came first, because I’m older.

The lawyer Linda Howard is also Linda G. Howard.  The novelist Linda Howard is only Linda Howard.  Because we’re both writers, people do confuse me with her.  I’m sure that doesn’t go both ways because she is a much more prolific writer than I am.  My books and writing are strictly Christian and straight laced.  Hers can be a bit racy.

I feel at times that we should start a Linda Howard convention.  Think about it. There would be no need for name tags.  We could use occupation tags, instead. 

The one nice bonus for me is that people do sometimes think I’m more important than I am.  The other nice bonus for me, the Linda G. Howard that is Area Director of The Special Gathering of Indian River,  is that the marvelous people that I work with, the mentally challenged community, don’t get me confused with anyone.  They love me just the way I am, not for what I do.  Pastoring this community is wonderful.  We often say that we are the only pastors in town who are loved by all our parishioners. 

What are some of the bonuses that you’ve experience by ministering within this community?