I may not understand everything Mary went through, but I can relate with you, Elizabeth. You went through almost your whole life barren. I have been waiting for a baby for a little over eight years and that seems like almost a lifetime to me. What I admire about you best is that you didn’t let your barren period turn you away from God. The Bible states that you and your husband were very faithful to God, “And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.” I admit, I probably sometimes take out my infertility frustrations out on God. Thank you for the example to keep living for him. I may never get pregnant, but I can remember your example of living a faithful life even without kids. If you would of held onto bitterness from your infertility, you wouldn’t of been the mother of John the Baptist who led many to Jesus.
Elizabeth, your story also gives me hope. Not necessarily that I will someday get pregnant, but the hope and promise that God is bigger than our world, science, and systems. You were well past menopause when you had John. God created a miracle in you. God is still in the business of making miracles. I might have a problem that no earthly solution seems probable, but my God is able! You had given up hope giving birth to a child, but look at what God did! Not only did God give you the desires of your heart, but your child also led the way for Jesus. So, as this Christmas season goes on I will not only think of Mary, but also of you and your example for Christians to have hope beyond worldly measure!