After nearly 20 years of waiting, my mom finally received the news. My family and I were going to immigrate to the United States from India! My parents sold most of our possessions and we eagerly arrived in the US while in their mid-40s with $1,000, 2 young kids and broken English.
My story, the story of infertility, is not a unique one. In fact, 6.1 million women in the United States share this painful journey with me. For over two decades, my husband and I have battled with the heartache of desiring children, hoping for the “happily-ever-after” ending. Yet with each step we took towards fertility, we only encountered setback and disappointment. L
Senseless murders and searing pain in the faces of the victims’ families. Nations contending with other nations. Hurting and hungry children. Divisive politics and numerous scandals. Whether you are reading this piece on the day it is shared or years from now, the evil that floods my news feed this morning and the personal suffering that fills my own life or those I love is continuous and all too familiar. And if you are simply human, evil and suffering has found its way in and around your life as well.
None of us are strangers to harm from gossip. Most likely by now you’ve had multiple conversations about or have been reminded that gossip “separates close friends” (Proverbs 17:9), destroys trust (Proverbs 20:19), and deeply hurts those who have been gossiped about. Our tongues are powerful, and Scripture says our tongues carry the power of “life and death” (Prov. 18:21).
When my husband and I decided to renew our marital vows after 10 years of marriage, it wasn’t because we had just surpassed a catastrophe, but it also wasn’t because we wanted to display a blissful and perfect picture of marriage. Both were untrue.