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An impossible child.
the author with her newborn niece!
World - Infertility - Issue - Couples - Rates
What about for us? In a world where infertility remains an issue for many couples, and the rates of infant loss remain high, how can we proclaim this story as good news? In our society, single folks sometimes choose parenthood, while others have it forced upon them by unhealthy relationships or lack of medical care. Some couples choose not to become parents, though there is no medical or financial or societal factor keeping them from parenthood. In this diverse family landscape, how do we preach the story of Sarah and Abraham as good news to all of our people?
Perhaps there is no magical answer, but do be attentive to the various needs of your folks. There may be an elderly woman who still mourns the stillborn child of decades ago, who she wasn’t even allowed to hold or name. There may be an expectant mother who worries every day that this pregnancy will turn out like the last seven, and the nursery will remain empty. There may be a young man who wants nothing more than to be a father, but he hasn’t found the right partner yet, and his employer wouldn’t allow him paternity leave if he chose to adopt on his own. In your preaching this week, please be gentle with the ways you equate parenthood with good news, as it is described in Genesis.
Course - Week - Jesus - Rebuke - Jesus
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