Praying Through the Pain

“In bitterness of soul Hannah wept much and prayed to the LORD.…she kept on praying to the LORD…” I Samuel 1: 10, 12 Infertility is defined as the inability of a woman of reproductive age to conceive after trying for twelve months. It’s a painful experience for women today, and it was a painful experience for women in Old Testament times, as well. In I Samuel 1 we meet Hannah – a woman who experienced the pain of infertility – compounded by another wife of her husband who provoked and taunted her.  The cycle of hoping and waiting and being disappointed …

Monuments, Markers and Memories

Wedding rings: Visual reminders of vows made to each other. The American Flag: A marker to declare allegiance, victory, ownership. Monuments: Honor the service and sacrifice of those who gave all and help us remember the high price paid to purchase freedom for us all. Scrapbooks and photo albums: Capture special events and keep records for future generations. Monuments. Markers. Memories. Sometimes we need something tangible to help us remember –to keep us from forgetting.  Our family, our community, and even our country– all erect monuments and markers to commemorate important events, great sacrifices, and extraordinary people. Perhaps it’s even …