[Featured on Perissos December 14, 2015]
I said goodbye, closed the front door, and crumbled to a heap. My friend had quietly driven over to gently tell me she was having her fifth baby. I’d been trying for years to have one baby. We were now at the stage when people whispered apologies when they were pregnant.
This is why I have a soft spot for the old barren couple who open the story of Advent.
During the time when Herod was king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly order of Abijah. His wife’s name was Elizabeth; she also belonged to a priestly family. They both lived good lives in God’s sight and obeyed fully all the Lord’s laws and commands. They had no children because Elizabeth could not have any, and she and Zechariah were both very old.” – Luke 1:5-7
Zechariah and Elizabeth were a ministry couple. They did everything right and yet somehow didn’t get to smell soft baby necks, play catch, or brag about grandchildren. They knew how to professionally pray and sacrifice, but still no baby.
During our years of infertility people often asked if I had tried praying for a baby. I got to practice a lot of self control not swearing or slapping them. One mother of four I barely knew called to declare I couldn’t get pregnant because of sin in my life. I can’t wait to see the jewel in my crown for how I handled that.
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©Aimee Fritz & Family Compassion Focus, 2015.