Holy Innocents Day

“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.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭2:18‬ ‭

Our world does not weep for children much anymore. Some. But not much. Too often children are viewed as a commodity to boost agendas or to merely adorn a social image. Some consider kids as an attachment, who are only wanted when convenient. Who doesn’t love cuddles and laughter? But when there’s cries or cost, the responsibility gets shifted.

Further, our world can be evil: Abortion on demand; Human trafficking for ungodly and unmentionable acts from the darkness inside the human heart; Mistreating or neglecting care for children because they are from a different ethnicity, economy, or ability. Our world would rather label and categorize the family than extend compassion for meeting needs of today’s families. But not God.

The world of our Savior weeped for children. Fathers, mothers, and whole communities grieved the wrongful actions of government and evils of individual pride. Jesus embraced children and sought ways to bring them near rather than send them away.

Today, some faith traditions recognize “Holy Innocents Day,” to remember the first martyrs for Jesus were children. For Christians, Christmas is not just a single calendar day but multiple holidays (holy days) that put Christ in the Christian and on display in the culture. The church would do well to remember the value of children and care for families ravaged by the world’s removing the imago dei in all persons.

Christmas began the work of redemption and restoring God’s image in the world. There’s coming a day when Jesus will heal the hurting and wipe away every tear. But until that day, Jesus left a responsibility for the church to continue the work of Christmas of rescuing children from darkness and depravity.

  • Where do you see children needing rescued?
  • Where do you see families who are vulnerable and devalued by worldly metrics?
  • Where do you see Christmas crashing into darkness and depravity in simple and significant ways?
  • How will you begin to value those who are little in the world’s eyes?
  • What are some ways you can begin to incarnate, relate, and embrace others with the love and life of Jesus?

Photo: Courtesy of The Jesus Storybook Bible

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