One of the desires of The Summit Counseling Ministry is to be a part of the "normal" church life. We do not want to be a church with a counseling ministry (read "on the side"; or "just for crisis cases").
It is easy to read the Parable of the Prodigal Son and come away with a very bad parenting strategy for rebellious children. Some might read the parable and think, "If God the Father gives his child everything he asked for (Luke 15:12), then should I too?"
In Luke 1:5-25 Elizabeth and Zechariah deal with infertility. Actually, we only see the end of their struggle. As Zechariah said (foot heading into mouth), "I'm old and my wife is REALLY old (v.7)." For a couple that had lived a long life mutually honoring God (v. 6), this pain was not new.
This is a difficult question. Unfortunately, it is also a common question. It is a question that, even when pressing, most try to avoid. But when we avoid the question, the person who gets hurt most is the person who has been betrayed.