Like most Christian authors, I pray over my writing; sometimes for inspiration; sometimes for ideas. At times, I’ve ask the Lord to help me take the jumble of thoughts in my head, a jumble that looks like a tangled fishing line and help me make some sense of it, help me get it out on the screen. Sometimes I pray for a solution, a clever way out of the corner I’ve written myself into.
One of my prayers over my writing is that it both entertain and minister to the reader. The Lord taught me a lesson through this prayer that still resonates with me today.
In an early draft of Journey to Riverbend, I had written a scene where one character led another to the Lord and spoke to him about God’s peace coming into his life. The Shalom that comes from our heavenly Father: nothing missing, nothing broken
, wholeness, completeness.
One of my first readers for the novel was a young woman I met at a writer’s conference. She agreed to read the entire manuscript and give me honest feedback. One of her comments touched me deeply. She wrote that whatever I did, to keep the scene with shalom in the book because it ministered to her in ways she hadn’t expected.
The Lord told me: If my book never got published, it accomplished His purpose because it ministered to her and brought her closer to Him.
We ended up cutting the scene but Shalom is still in the book. It is my prayer for the readers on the dedication page.