Rachel weeping

“Thus says the LORD, ‘A voice is heard in Ramah, Lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children; She refuses to be comforted for her children, Because they are no more.’” Jeremiah 31:15 (600 BC)

“Herod [...] became enraged, and sent and slew all the male children who were in Bethlehem and all its vicinity, from two years old and under. [...] Then what had been spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: ‘A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children; And she refused to be comforted, Because they were no more.’” Matthew 2:16-18 (Six hundred years later.)

“[On] December 28th, [Putin] signed a law that bans Russian orphans from being adopted by American families, depriving some of his most vulnerable citizens of their chance for a better life. The fact that Mr Putin signed it on the day marked by many Christian churches as the Massacre of the Innocents was a coincidence, but it added to the dark symbolism of the law, which has promptly been dubbed as ‘Herod’s law.’”  The Economist/Moscow News (Two thousand years later.)

“Our Rachel isn’t the one of Ramah in Israel, she’s every mother who watches a baby die in Eastern Europe.” Anonymous

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Elizaveta has AMC and is stuck in Russia.

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Danika has AMC and is stuck in Russia.

“And what about the ones we can rescue? Do we? Right next door in Ukraine and Bulgaria and Poland and Serbia there are many, many orphans waiting. They are dying waiting.”

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Rachel, why do you weep?
Why do you bury your face in you hands?
Is there no one who would reach you?
Is there no one who understands?

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There is no one to comfort her, (there is no one to comfort her)
For her children are no more, and there is no one to comfort her.

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Raymond. Available for immediate rescue.

Rachel, why do you cry?
Why do you hide your trembling lips?
Are those tears stains on your brow?
Are those tears on your fingertips?

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Aubree. Available for immediate rescue. She has asked tearfully for parents.

There is no one to comfort her, (there is no one to comfort her)
For her children are no more, and there is no one to comfort her.

Now and always,
Now and evermore,
Now and always,
Now and evermore.

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Leo. Available for immediate rescue.

I see angels in the distance,
In the distance, I see angels, and their shadows fall like crosses on the fields,
Some are swinging low the sickles, some are binding up the sheaves,
Some are sifting out the harvest yield,

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Caius. Available for immediate rescue. Needs a mommy.

Rachel, run to join the angels in the harvest in the distance, rising from your bed as from a dream,
In the feint and splintered line where the wheat field meets the sky, you might find your sorrow made complete.

All who sorrow with her, lift your heads,
You might hear the sound of Rachel gently weeping, for the gathering is done and her children have come home,
Whom she counted lost and dead, now to find were sweetly sleeping

in the fields

where angels have been reaping.

“The Harvest is the End of the World” by Charlie Peacock

 

 

 

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