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Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2012
I have always wondered why the Bible does not give names to certain of its characters. Scripture would stress a certain man instead of naming the man, or not give names to the people the Lord Jesus healed. It is noted that some names were of importance to the stories, while others only needed to be acknowledged as those who were healed.
For instance, Naaman the Syrian leper had an unnamed wife. The nameless leper who was healed (along with nine other men) returned to say thanks to Jesus for his miraculous healing. We know that nothing is said about him after his healing. There is also the man healed beside the pool at Bethesda by Jesus and, again, what happened to him after the priests and scribes questioned his healing on the Sabbath?
Hence, in the first story, Naamans wife and her little maid now have names and a history. In the second story, I continued the lepers story as he relates it years later to his daughter-in-law. The third story gives a bit more insight to the character of the man who was healed by Jesus at the Pool of Bethzatha.
Author: Lonnie-Sharon Williams
Located in: Cleveland, Ohio USA
Submitted: August 14, 2012
Tell us a little about yourself. I am a retired school teacher and have been writing short stories since the age of 10. Of course, my short stories have been expanded. I am a graduate of Cleveland State University and live in Cleveland, Ohio.
What was your motivation behind this project? Having always loved the stories in the Bible, I always wondered what happened to the characters who were healed following their healings. Since no information was available, I decided to write what I believed to be their "future history."
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? Hopefully, once healing takes place and the Lord allows us to continue into our futures, others should know about it. We need to give our testimonies -- before, at the time of healing, and what happens later.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I certainly was! Having had a miraculous healing early in life, I am now in the future and able to give my story to others. There is hope for the future because the Lord doesn't just heal us for nothing, he has plans for our future!
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? My personal favorite is Mary Higgins Clark for mysteries, but I love history books. My source of inspiration is Pastor J. J. McIntyre of Northeast Church of God in Cleveland. Everyone needs an encourager, and she is mine.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: If you feel you have a story to tell, write it!