Rachel is Still Weeping

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Daily Devotional

December 14, 2014

DD Winter Sunday

Rachel is Still Weeping
Richard L. Floyd

“A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.” - Matthew 2:18

Matthew quotes Jeremiah when he tells of Herod murdering all the boys under two because of his fear of the coming of a new "king." The church calls this "The slaughter of the innocents." 

Today is the anniversary of two outbreaks of horrific gun violence. In 1992 a Simon’s Rock College student opened fire with an automatic weapon he had purchased here in Pittsfield. He killed a professor and a student and wounded four others.

Two years ago the parents of Galen Gibson, the slain student, were driving home from the cemetery on the twentieth anniversary of his death when they heard about another shooting on the radio.

That shooting was the murder of twenty schoolchildren at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

In a letter to the New York Times Galen Gibson’s father, Gregory, wrote: "Whatever your position on gun control, it is impossible not to react with horror to news of the shootings in Connecticut. Our horror is nuanced by knowledge of what those families are going through, and what they will have to endure in years to come. More horrible still — to me at least — is the inevitable lament, "How could we have let this happen?" It is a horrible question because the answer is so simple. Make it easy for people to get guns and things like this will happen. Children will continue to pay for a freedom their elders enjoy." 


How long, O God, will we let your children be murdered? Forgive us for allowing the slaughter of the innocents to continue. Turn us from our sinful culture of violence, and never let us accept that this is the way it has to be.

Richard L. Floyd is Pastor Emeritus of First Church of Christ (UCC) in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and author of A Course In Basic Christianity. He blogs at richardlfloyd.com.

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