From: Karli Riegel
I’m sorry but it’s hard not to focus on the baby-killing portion of both of these passages (I know that was a little blunt). I would like to reflect on the joy, dancing, singing and gladness that the people of Israel are experiencing in first 14 verses of Jeremiah 31 and that fact that Jesus is here and alive, finally our Savior has arrived, however I can’t take my eyes off of Jeremiah 31.15 and the repeat in Matthew 2.18.
“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.”
I can’t imagine the grief that those mothers experienced in Bethlehem. So many new moms torn apart from their babies forever…and this was a prophecy given to Jeremiah from God? Lord, what do we do with this passage? Lord, what do we do with the grief, suffering and death that so many are faced with daily?
All I can do is focus on those final verses in Jeremiah…”Keep your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears, for there is a reward for your work declares the Lord, and they shall come back from the land of the enemy. There is hope for your future, declares the Lord, and your children shall come back to their own country.” Praise be to the Lord who gave us his Son to be our salvation, our hope and our redeemer.
I love the Somerville Winter Farmer’s Market. It’s my warm and happy place during the cold New England winter (I’m from southern California). I’m there most Saturday mornings…join me if you would like for the winter veggies, union square donuts, and live music.