By Lucyara Usery
Blessed to be an American? You should be. Yet, you didn’t choose where you were to be born. God’s sovereignty directs that. Citizenship will shape a lot in life but it will also reflect God’s creative nature. Does your church reflect His nature? Does your church intentionally reach out to a varied universe of citizens?
On Sept. 10, 2001, mid-morning, my husband and I arrived back in the States from a week-long trip to Brazil. We had been married a little over three years then. I was still trying to transport pieces of a hand-painted, 12-person china set Mom had prepared to give to each of her four daughters. We were down to a soup tureen and a few other odd pieces, all brought as carry-on luggage. The next day, travel as we knew it was going to change dramatically.
The TV was off and the living room floor was flooded with luggage items waiting to be put away. The phone rang and my husband told me that a plane had hit one of the Twin Towers in New York. I grew up under American-backed military dictatorship in Brazil but I knew nothing of international terrorism. [Read more…]