“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”

Jeremiah 29:11

This time of the year can be joyful or joyless. For those facing infertility, the holiday season can become a series of painful reminders that their hopes for a new addition to their family are yet unfulfilled. Couples of faith may struggle even more with the heartbreak of infertility as they wrestle with the fear that God is not there or will not answer their prayers, leaving them abandoned on this difficult journey.

But you are not alone. You are not abandoned. You are not unloved. The miracle of Christmas is the miracle that the Creator came to us in human form. And in becoming truly human he can truly understand the pain and suffering that we humans experience. We are not promised a life free from suffering and disappointment. We are not promised a perfect job or marriage or pregnancy or baby or family. What we are promised and what we are given is a loving God who knows suffering and, by knowing suffering, is the perfect companion to walk beside us on this journey.

We cannot know and we cannot understand the plans that the Lord has for us. But we are told by the Prophet Jeremiah that these plans include hope and a future. And that is the best gift that we can have in this season of gift-giving.

May you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.