My heart hurts deep within my chest when I read this scripture. Rachel is weeping for her children. The pain of losing a child is unique, overwhelming, and slow to heal, if ever.
There are many dangers to our children these days. The streets with cultures of drugs, guns, and prostitution seem to have appeal over crowded, ill-equipped schools. Inadequate health care threatens to literally kill some of our vulnerable children. How many mothers and fathers refuse to be comforted?
The Holy One issues an appeal. Stop your tears. There is hope for your future. Your children will come back. How will we be a part of bringing this part of God’s kin-dom to fruition?
Loving Creator, make us instruments of your love and peace for our children. Give us courage to challenge the status quo and demand the best for our kids. Turn our tears into action.
Rev. Maggie Sebastian
Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital
Hood River, Oregon