31 DAYS OF PRAYER
Day 29 – Praying for Community
Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.- Galatians 6:2
There is one thing we know for certain about infertility: we don’t want to go through it alone.
It can feel like a tremendous risk to open yourself up to a connection with someone else going through infertility.
“What if she gets pregnant and I don’t?”
“What if my treatments work and hers don’t?”
“It’s hard enough to go through my own pain. I don’t want to get too involved with someone else’s.”
The Bible tells us to bear one another’s burdens. It seems counterintuitive, but when we bear someone else’s burdens, our own load is lightened in the process.
God shows up in community (Matthew 18:20). He speaks to us through the lives and words of others. I don’t know about you, but I often feel like God provides comfort, encouragement, and wisdom to me through the interactions I have with other infertility-sisters.
We need to resist the temptation to withdraw and isolate ourselves during infertility. We may think it would be easier to do this alone. We wouldn’t have to deal with the awkward comments and questions. We’d have a lot more privacy.
But we’d be missing out on so much love and prayer sent our way. Yes, Jesus often withdrew to be alone, but He also spent a lot of His time traveling with, eating with, living with, and just being with eleven other men. His entire ministry took place in the context of community.
If we are to become more like Christ, we must embrace the idea of community during infertility.
Just the fact that you’re reading this blog means that you are open to the idea of gaining wisdom from someone else’s infertility experience. Be encouraged to take it deeper and connect with people who are willing to bear your burdens and let you bear theirs.
As you pray today, ask God to connect you to a community of people committed to sharing each other’s burdens during infertility.
Prayer: Father Lord, we thank You for a community like ours. We thank You for this sisterhood that allows us share our pain, heartbreak, troubles, worries…and joys, happiness and thanksgiving. Give us the grace to give as we receive. Give us the grace to help as we are helped. Give us the grace to be a blessing to one person today. Father Lord, we ask this in Your Mighty Name, through which all good things come. Amen!