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[blockquote]”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 (NRSV)[/blockquote]

When we imagine an hour of tragedy, we envision it placed in an obscure and distant future. It never occurs to us that it may have any connection with the day already begun, or that it could arrive this same morning, or take place so close to where we make our homes. We are shaken that such a twisted and senseless rampage, completely without compassion, could come so close to us and affect our own community.

As we join the cries of Rachel in the Bible, we mourn and grieve the unbelievable tragedy which has befallen our brothers and sisters in the Sandy Hook/Newtown, Connecticut area.

Let us join our hearts together in prayer during this time, praying confidently that our gracious and merciful God will hear the cries of all those who are touched in any way by the pain of these senseless killings. May we take our assurance from the Word of God during this Advent season: That every mountain of injustice may be brought low, and every valley of pain may be lifted up through the mercy of God.

+Bishop Wilma Kucharek