Dearly Beloved, I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. The blessed word that God has given for you today, is from the book of Jeremiah 31:16, “Thus says the LORD: “Refrain your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears; For your work shall be rewarded, says the LORD, And they shall come back from the land of the enemy.”
From the above context we understand about what God says, to Rachel who had the impact of a Jewish Mother. Actually in the above passage Prophet Jeremiah tells or speaks, about the nation of Israel, being taken into exile, and a voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping, Rachel was the mother of Joseph and Benjamin, who became two of twelve tribes of Israel. So when Israel went into exile, she cried for her children, she refused to be comforted, for her children who were absent.
Rachel’s work had been that of bearing and bringing up children, and by their death she was deprived of the joy for which she had laboured: Hence the Lord, says to the Mother of Israel, “Refrain your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears, because, though sorrow on such an occasion may be lawfully right, yet it ought to be controlled, and attention should be given to those things which may serve to be of more importance and when the direction comes from the Lord himself; then you need to stop mourning, and wipe your wet eyes. For your work shall be rewarded, says the Lord; in bearing your children, and bringing them into the world, and expressing such an affectionate and tender concern for them; taking the trouble of bearing and bringing them into the world, and nursing them until the time they did live. You should not consider this as fruitless, or meaningless, instead you should see the future of it. You should realize that all this was not in vain, but be assured that your hard labour will be rewarded.
Many of you, who are reading this message, especially sisters, are crying for your children. You have done a good work in bearing your children, and bringing them into the world, and expressing such an affectionate and tender concern for them. It is certain that you have taken great pains in rearing your children, educating them, caring and attending to them when ever, they were in need of your help, And securing them with a good job, and even you might have settled them in marriage, You should not consider this as fruitless, or meaningless, instead you should see the future of it. You should realize that all this was done not in vain, but be assured that your hard labour will be rewarded. Your descendants will inherit the nations, and make the desolate cities inhabited. Your sons may be as plants grown up in their youth, and your daughters may be as pillars sculptured in palace style. Your Children will rise up and shall call you blessed. May the Lord bless you.
Prayer: Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Lord we thank you for revealing the motherly nature of Rachel. Teach us also to weep and pray for the welfare of our children. May we learn from her to bear with our children in times of affliction. Never to hurt their feelings but handle them gently and without any inhibition or partiality.