Rachel Crying for Her Children: Remembering the Childless in Our Churches

Will Honeycutt, DMin

Another Mother’s Day has recently come and gone—a day of happiness and celebration. Many churches honor mothers by inviting them to stand and by giving special recognition to the oldest mother, the youngest mother, and the mother with the greatest number of children.

But this happy day is not a happy day for all. Along with those who are mothers, there are also women who have discovered, perhaps again, that they will not be mothers. Another cycle of fertility treatments has failed, or they have suffered another miscarriage.

Whatever the case, we have many Rachels in our congregations—women who are “weeping for (their) children because they are not” or “are no more” (Matthew 2:18 quoting Jeremiah 31:15).

Evaluating Uterine Transplantation

Susan M. Haack, MD, MA, MDiv, FACOG

“As long as patients want it, there will be people trying to figure out how to make it safe and effective.”[1]

The desire to have a child of one’s own is a compelling force for many women. This desire drives many of the technological advances in reproductive medicine of which uterine transplantation is a prime example. Its recent development highlights the quagmire of ethical issues arising from technological advancement. When perfected, this procedure would appear to be a promising achievement, providing women who would have had no possibility of reproducing with the hope of having a child of their own.

Bioethics Bookshelf: After You Believe by N. T. Wright

Michael Cox, PhD

In my own evangelical tradition, there is a tendency to narrow the focus of salvation so much that we find ourselves wondering, “What are we saved by grace for? In his book After You Believe, a sequel to Simply Christian and Surprised by Hope, the esteemed New Testament scholar N. T. Wright addresses this problem in a compelling and accessible way.

I Need God in My Suffering

Joni Eareckson Tada

When we wonder why we must suffer, we’re actually asking questions of someone. That someone is God. But why he created suffering doesn’t really matter. The only thing that matters is how we respond. When we can’t find the answers we’re looking for, we can find peace in the only true answer: We need God! Affliction is the lowest common denominator for all of us. Philippians 1:29 tells us to expect suffering: “For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him.” But no matter how strong our faith is, it’s natural to ask why.