There is no magic formula for having kids, let alone having them turn out well.
Many couples remain childless after years of agonizing prayer.
Should we stop asking for children because they bring pain into our lives? This story and others remind us that we live in a broken world in which we depend on one another for encouragement when the waiting is long or when children don’t turn out the way we had hoped.
With the help of others, and with God’s encouragement and strength, we can have hope.
Luke 1:5–25, 57–80“Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard.
Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John.” Luke The Second World War was thundering to a close when the young soldier stepped onto the troop carrier that would carry him from the United States to Europe.Can God's Word bring healing to a culture wounded by racial division and tension?This two-week devotional explores what the Bible has to say about race and identity.Cleopas and his friend, who were walking to Emmaus two days after Jesus was crucified and buried, had a bit of the same problem.To be sure, they were depressed, tired and drained from what had happened in Jerusalem.After his tour was over, the soldier married his sweetheart back home.It took some time to find work, but they finally found employment at a farm.To this day the postwar couple shrugs when asked how it all came about. “Then we learned to pray for our children every day.”I know. And I’m only now beginning to realize how much my parents were like the infertile couple Elizabeth and Zechariah, who one day felt ecstasy as well as fear when God actually answered their prayers for a child.They could only vow to do their best and ask for God’s help.How can you be sure you're making wise choices about your career, family, and finances—and avoiding the trap of temptation? Jeremiah shows how to prioritize prayer, persevere during persecution, and joyfully obey God's Word.Is the Bible relevant to modern discussions about race and ethnicity?