Read Jeremiah 31:15-17.
All the Little Children
A voice is heard in Ramah,
mourning and great weeping,
Rachel weeping for her children
and refusing to be comforted…
As I read these words from Jeremiah, I can’t help but think of the over 500 children still separated from their parents. In 2017 and 2018, the Trump administration — acting on our behalf as the leadership of this nation — separated over 5,000 families at our southern border. And those who are reunited will need years of tender loving care to repair their familial ties.
Jim Wallis, President and Founder of Sojourners, echoes the prophets when he says our nation will be judged by how we treat the poor and vulnerable.*
Epiphany continues our time of crying out… as we await the Christ-child to remind us of the in-breaking of the Kin-dom of God. May we also be reminded of the children who are parent-less because of our policies. May we work to reunite all who are orphaned and abandoned. In this way, we are sharing the reminder that God loves all and is parent to all, and there is hope for our descendants.
How are we remembering these children? Are we weeping for them? Do we hear their voices as they cry out? Or the voices of their lamenting mothers? Let us not forget them, lest they be no more.
Dear God, may we hear the cries of mothers everywhere, and not turn away, but reunite all in Your Love. Amen.
Rev. Evans McGowan
Campus Ministries Coordinator
* Michael Mershon, “Statement by Jim Wallis on Healthcare,” Sojourners, July 25, 2017.