Edith Rachel Merritt Schaeffer is a Christian author and co-founder of L'Abri, a Christian organization which hosts guests. She is the widow of Francis Schaeffer and the mother of author Frank Schaeffer.
Schaeffer was born in Wenzhou, China, the fourth child of George and Jessie Seville, missionaries who were serving in China with the China Inland Mission. In addition to her English name, her parents gave her the Chinese name Mei Fuh, meaning "beautiful happiness".
Schaeffer attended Beaver College in Glenside, Pennsylvania. It was there that she met Francis Schaeffer and they were married in 1935. They had four children: Priscilla, Susan, Deborah and Frank.
They were sent in 1948 to Switzerland by the Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions. In 1955 they began L'Abri, a community that welcomed people who were seeking intellectually honest and culturally informed answers to questions about God and the meaning of life.
Schaeffer's husband Francis died in 1984, but she continues to be associated with the L'Abri organisation which she and her husband founded.
Schaeffer has written numerous books, both before and after the death of her husband. Her book Affliction explores human suffering in a Christian context. It won a Gold Medallion Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association in 1979. Her What is a Family? compared the extended family to a mobile. Her autobiographical The Tapestry: the Life and Times of Francis and Edith Schaeffer won the ECPA award in 1982.
Some of us (perfectionists, especially) fuss so much over making the 'right' choice, but in life, all that's really needed is to make any' good' choice, believe in it, go through with it, and accept the consequences.