I preached this Sunday at the base chapel where I'm assigned. When Ryan asked what my sermon was on I told him: "Rachel weeping for her children ... y'know, the standard Christmas fare." HA. We don't hear too much about Rachel in relation to Advent. But she's there, responding to the slaughter of the innocents after Jesus' birth, with inconsolable weeping.
Rachel is a maternal symbol of deep human suffering, and I suggest that she's featured in the Advent story as a way to encourage us that the hope, the peace, the joy we wait for during this season is real and tangible in the here-and-now.
Check out my sermon in blog form, in my latest guest blog post.