Scripture for Wednesday after the Third Sunday in Advent

Matthew 2:16-18 (ESV)

16 Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:

18 “A voice was heard in Ramah,

weeping and loud lamentation,

Rachel weeping for her children;

she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.”

Heavenly Father, we know Your plan is perfect and for our good, but it’s hard for us to understand the slaughter of innocent children. Babies—wished-for sons, beloved children—killed only because Herod was angry. Today children are slaughtered in the womb by the millions. Help us bring an end to these innocent deaths. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

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