Sisters in Scripture

Rachel's Prayer

Rachel was of beautiful form and fair to look upon. And Jacob loved Rachel; and he said [to Laban]: "I will serve you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter.
When Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, she envied her sister; and she said to Jacob, "Give me children, or I shall die!

Rachel’s life is lived with longing—longing and waiting for Jacob, longing for a son and then another. Even her immediate assent to fleeing Laban and her defiant theft of his household gods—these, too, speak of her longing for a different, better life. Though she dies tragically, her hopes are secured—the love of Jacob and the birth of two sons to receive and pass on the covenant.

Thank you, Sisters in Scripture
God of Rachel,
for the gift of passion,
that unpredictable, divine spark that creates life.
We have felt the leap of that spark within us
and understood that it comes from you,
that it invites us into the life-giving dance of creation.
Thank you for the lives that have sprung from that spark—
our children, our grandchildren
and the relationships that bind us all to one another.
We have also felt passion fanned into destructive flames of jealousy
when we forget your spark shines within another.
Forgive us and remind us that you, our Passionate God,
love each of us beyond reason.

- KMcK



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