The Bible and the Pain of Infertility

A diagnosis of infertility often leads to an unsettled, heart-wrenching period in a couple’s relationship.  The emotional roller coaster ride of infertility is simply exhausting.  I have been down that road myself, and I hurt with you.  No one understands unless they have been through it themselves (Sandy Day). You can read Sandy’s story here .

Jason Koznacs shares the following on the ABBA fund blog : Years ago when my wife and I were dealing with infertility the Lord used this article ‘The Bible and the Pain of Infertility by By Kimberly Monroe and Philip Monroe’ to minister to us both deeply. I contacted the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF) and they graciously gave permission to make it available. I really believe this will serve many others as it served us in our struggle. This article is also one of the most helpful resources for how to help those dealing with infertility. Click here to download the full pdf.

From the first page of the article:  One in six couples struggles with infertility. One in four couples over the age of thirty-five struggles with infertility. In your church, in your workplace, in your circle of friends, couples struggle with infertility. These couples need your support and care.

On another blog, Jason Koznacs shares how thankful he was as a husband for the story of Hannah in the Bible: Years ago my wife and I went through a season dealing with infertility. It was one of the most painful seasons of our life and marriage. I was deeply humbled by how unprepared I was to care for my wife in this season. That is why I am so thankful for the story of Hannah in the Bible (1 Samuel 1). Hannah taught me that it is natural for a woman to desire to have children. Woman all around the world can relate to her. My wife painfully longed to be a mother. Initially I didn’t know what to do with her emotional response to not being pregnant. (Read the whole post here.)

Other online articles related to infertility:

A silent grief: Pastoral reflections on infertility (Phil Wheeler, Briefing #262, September 2000)

The Joy of Infertility Infertility is a process—a process of coming to grips with the physical, emotional and spiritual issues that arise from this problem. The issues can’t be dealt with overnight, and often, when one issue is dealt with, another one arises. In this article, I’d like to share my process—some of the spiritual issues I had to deal with during the six years I grappled with infertility, as well as some helpful hints on what to say and what not to say to friends dealing with the problem. (Karen Galvin, Briefing #380, May 2010).

Your Options in Infertility (Megan Best – see also her book Fearfully and Wonderfully Made linked to that article).

A Christian Approach to Assisted Reproductive Techonology (notes from lecture by Megan Best)


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