Is it just so that there will be something tangible that I am able to leave behind after I am gone? Perhaps. But I think it is more than that. As I was chatting the other day with my husband about the kind of writer that I want to be, I discovered a clue about why this desire consumes me. I must write, because the writing of someone else changed my life.
It was when I was in my twenties. I was expecting my first child. One day, in the seventh month of my pregnancy I was overcome with excruciating pain that would not go away. At first my doctor thought that it might be a urinary tract infection, but when treating that did nothing to relieve the pain, another alternative had to be considered. The pain seemed to focus a little more on the right side, although it was difficult to tell with the baby constantly moving about.
The surgeon’s hunch was that it must be my appendix, so an emergency appendectomy was arranged. However, it was too late. By the time he operated, the appendix had burst and infection was filling my abdominal cavity. We feared the danger this posed for the baby. However, miraculously, the infection sealed itself off into one pocket and did not spread throughout my system. I am certain that this was an answer to the prayers of those who were upholding me. With all the stress of this event the contractions began and I feared that our child would be born and not be ready to survive outside the womb.
The dream was to write and when I experienced Catherine Marshall’s books, particularly Beyond Ourselves and a little later Something More, I knew that I wanted to be like her. I wanted to write in a way that would help people on their own spiritual journey to discover that God was with them and they had nothing to fear. That was why my own first book, More Questions than Answers was about spiritual accompaniment. If I can help someone the way that Catherine Marshall helped me, then my dream will be fulfilled.
|Word Guild Award|
|Word Guild Award|
Eleanor Shepherd is an award winning author and is currently serving as the pastor of a Salvation Army congregation in Montreal.