Menopause

Menopause is cruel

When you haven’t experienced sleepless nights during pregnancy

your body hasn’t been prepared for sleepless nights during menopause

When you haven’t experienced interrupted nights after childbirth

your body hasn’t been prepared for interrupted nights during menopause

When you haven’t experienced the permanent exhaustion of child rearing

your body hasn’t been prepared for the relentless exhaustion of menopause

What price hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings and hormonal imbalance 

when you haven’t experienced the joy of children?

You give and take away

but you haven’t given and yet you’re taking away

Menopause is cruel

When the possible turns into the impossible

When hope turns into despair

When this process doesn’t take nine months, but could take nine years

When unpredictability seems to last a lifetime

What hope?

Before we were formed in our mother’s womb, God knew us

He knew our purpose, our character, our joys, and our pain

He knew the things we would give birth to, even if it wasn’t another human being

In Jesus, he experienced sleepless nights of anguish

In Jesus, his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground

He knows, he understands

In the new heaven and the new earth there will be no menopause

Until then, we seek to honour God

through the physical, emotional and spiritual disorientation

Our bodies continue to be living sacrifices,

offered in worship as holy and pleasing to God

Anon