By Teena Myers, SCW Chairman
I don’t ask God to increase our numbers when I pray for the Southern Christian Writers meetings. I pray God will send people who need what we offer who will benefit from attending the meetings. A recent critique session became a demonstration of an answer to that prayer.
We began the meeting with six new faces at the table. Among them a woman who read about us in the newspaper, and an attorney clutching a book he wrote about dealing with divorce.
The writings submitted for critique were read aloud and discussed. Several of the new people read a selection from their books. Then each person at the table introduced him or herself so we could get to know each other better. The woman told us her name, pointed to the attorney and said, “That book.” She poured her pain into sympathetic ears. Her daughter was suffering through an unwanted divorce. She fought the tears filling her eyes as she spoke.
I stopped the meeting so we could pray for her. As we prayed, her countenance changed. She looked at peace and thanked us. The kind attorney gave her his book and invited her to a seminar he is teaching based on his book. They were still talking, as I left the meeting grateful that God answers prayer.