Rev. Ashley-Anne Masters is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and serves as Staff Chaplain at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. She is the author of Holding Hope: Grieving Pregnancy Loss During Advent, co-author of Bless Her Heart: Life as a Young Clergywoman, and contributor to Talking Taboo: American Christian Women Get Frank About Faith. She blogs at

Be Born in Us Today

Wanting to be a parent is perhaps the greatest human desire. Yet, for those for whom conception does not come easy, their deep desire is met with even deeper pain. Grief of losing a baby or not yet being pregnant often resurfaces or may feel more intense during the holiday season.

In Lieu of Loneliness

Young adulthood is often a season full of firsts: first move out of student housing; first time buying a car; first real dining room table;…