Great Rewards Found during Life on Hold

By Hyman, Ann | The Florida Times Union, March 2, 1997 | Go to article overview

Great Rewards Found during Life on Hold


Hyman, Ann, The Florida Times Union


Waiting is a popular literary theme. Milton told us that they

also serve who only stand and wait. Samuel Beckett had us

waiting for Godot in the '50s. If you've got a long memory for

theater and politics, you might recall Clifford Odets' Waiting

for Lefty, a 1930s proletariat play lifting up the working

people, and set during a taxi strike.

So, what are we all waiting for?

In Ready, Set . . . Wait: Help for Life on Hold (Baker Books,

$12.99), author Karen Barber says that there is a difference

between waiting for a bus and The Wait. The Wait, capital W, she

says, is something we all experience when we spend time, a long

time or a short time, waiting for the satisfaction of some

profound inner longing.

For Jacksonville resident Trish Gercken, the inner longing was

to have a child, and the wait was two years before, after

treatment by a fertility specialist, she became pregnant.

It was quite a pregnancy. It began as fraternal twins. One was

lost, but one was not. Then, at one point, uterus with baby

inside, had to be lifted out during surgery to remove a tumor,

and then replaced.

But, the baby was safely delivered and The Wait was

successfully concluded.

Trish and Joe Gercken now have two children, Erica Faith, 4,

and Eden Elizabeth, 1.

The Gerckens' story is featured in Barber's book.

The women met when Barber interviewed Gercken for Guildposts

magazine, a publication that features stories of Christian

faith.

Barber's book is based on interviews with dozens of people over

a 10-year period. The point of the book is that The Wait can be

a spiritually and emotionally rewarding time.

It turned out that way for Gercken, and she will be with Barber

Saturday at appearances at three Books-a-Million stores.

"I want to share my story with people so that they will know

there's hope," Gercken said. …

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