Every one of us has had a patient or more who has touched us. I had a 30 yo woman who came to me asking for help in having a boy child. She had been married at the age of 14 years and has 2 girls, one 14 years old and another girl who is now 4 years old. She has had 6 miscarriages, all during the 5th and 6th months of the pregnacies. 3 of those were male. When I asked her why she kept trying to have a baby after so many miscarriages, she said her husband made her because he wants a son. She is afraid to so no. I didn't have to ask her why she was afraid. I saw it in her eyes and on the bruises that she had. I had nothing to help her with. I asked her if she could leave her husband and she looked down and simply shook her head no. She is a coptic christain, and a member of a very low society and culture that is far removed from respecting women. Prayer, silent prayer, was all that was allowed. She would not pray with me and almost got up to leave when I offered. You wonder why people treat others the way they do. But I cannot judge, or so I am told. But I can sure ask the question....and maybe that is all that is needed for people to begin to judge themselves. I've been there. Judging one's self is a very hard thing to do...but in the end I believe we are better people because if it. I pray that that dear woman finds solace in the love of Christ's grace that I told her was hers, no questions asked.
In all things give thanks,