Now it came to pass, when she was in hard labor, that the midwife said to her, “Do not fear; you will have this son also.” And so it was, as her soul was departing (for she died), that she called his name Ben-Oni; but his father called him Benjamin. So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).
-God instructed Jacob to go back to Bethel in Canaan and make an altar of sacrifice to the Lord. When they got to the land of the promise, Rachel his wife experienced hard labour and her soul departed from her. While Rachel had named the boy Ben-Oni (the son of my sorrows), Jacob renamed him Benjamin (son of my right hand). Probably due to his naming; Benjamin obtained favour before his father and his brother Joseph when he became governor in Egypt. As we know that through death ones soul departs disregarding the destination. When Lazarus died his soul went to heaven and when the rich man passed on he went to hell (Lk 16:19-31). The rich man suffered excruciating pain through hell fire and Lazarus sat by Abraham’s bosom in heaven. One’s soul then returns during resurrection as we find the widow of Zarephath’s son who came to life when prophet Elijah prayed for him and stretched himself over him three times (1 Kin 17:21-22). God is the Creator of all things and matters of life and death should be left to Him; who knew our end before the beginning. We have hope in Christ Jesus for through His death and resurrection; we have obtained abundant life, now and forever.
Thank You Lord for the gift of life and for Your unending grace upon our lives. Protect us together with our families from sudden and premature death, and cover us with Your precious blood. Guide us Holy Spirit so that we may realize our mandate here on earth as it is in heaven. Help us to redeem time and accomplish our vision and purposes according to Your merciful love. Strengthen all those who are sick, suffering, homeless, orphaned, fatherless, jobless, childless, pregnant, unmarried, married, divorced, widowed, imprisoned, those who lack basic needs, lost hope and face diverse challenges in life that You may restore us all and provide for all our needs. Settle the hearts of all those who have lost their loved ones and grant them peace. Grant all those who do not know You the gift of salvation Lord. Our souls pant for Your grace, be merciful unto us all and save us Dear Jesus. You are the Alpha and Omega the Beginning and the End the First and the Last, we praise You and adore You Lord, now and forever. Amen
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