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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Parent (11/16/06)

TITLE: The Long, Barren Road
By Amy Radford
11/20/06


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In the heart of every woman is the desire to bear a child. It is a God given longing to experience what we were created for. To many it seems as if it is the ultimate fulfillment. However, to some, it is also the source of the most deep and profound sorrow. To those who have experienced the barrenness of childlessness or the deep sorrow of the loss of an unborn child, every commercial, every picture is a reminder of how they have failed. It is a lonely and isolated existence as she watches those around her accomplish so easily what she is unable to do. It is a desolate path to walk, if one walks alone.

So, where is the hope? It must be found in the body of Christ. We must be the hands that will come alongside and lift them up. We are to be the ears that listen to the hurts, the feet that walk with them on the way, and the heart that seeks to love them. We are called to carry one anotherís burdens. How can we help? There are some very practical and very simple ways.

First, be sensitive but do not avoid talking to them. Keep communicating and yet be sensitive if the topic is uncomfortable for that person. Ask them if it is; donít just assume that it is.

Second, pray for them. Pray that God will encourage them and strengthen them through the difficult time.

Third, let them work through it without expectations of where they should be. Allow them to mourn, to grieve, to cry, and to hurt in their time.

Fourth, support them as they seek other options. Encourage them as they wade through the overwhelming flood of information and be willing to help them seek the best options.

Most importantly, treat them as human beings. Encourage them as they may feel like somehow they are not whole. Help them to see that they can find their sufficiency in who Christ has made them to be.


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Judy Sauer 11/25/06
Your first sentence is not a true statement. There are many woman, for various reasons, who have no desire to give birth to a child.

From a personal perspective, it was the only way I could protect a child from being abused as I had endured. Gratefully, God had other plans for my life and my daughter's.
Donna Emery11/25/06
This is a wonderful expression of compassion. You express yourself clearly. Keep writing!
Debbie Roome 11/26/06
An often neglected aspect in the church. Very thought provoking.