In the Bible, Sarah stands among the company of women like Rebekah, Rachel, Hannah and Elizabeth, who were also called barren. Their stories strike a painful chord with the many women and families who also struggle with infertility.
When I imagine Sarah’s laugh, I wonder how much pain was behind that laugh. So often we use humour to ease the pain of a difficult situation. The truth is, some things are so painful all we can do is try and laugh about them in the hope of easing some of that pain.
Sarah and Abraham were two of the lucky ones. Their desire to have a child and an heir was fulfilled. We know from experience that this is not always the case. Often in life we carry with us open wounds, desires and longings that are never fulfilled.
As we carry these hurts, laughter becomes a way to ease our pain. Perhaps, hopefully, to bring some measure of healing when the deepest longings of our hearts remain just that.
Holy One, when the deepest longings of my heart are not to be, embrace me with your peace, your love and the knowledge of your presence. Amen. — LS