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Rachel gave Israel the man another son–Benjamin. She also gave Israel another tribe. In the process, she gave her life. A great loss to Israel. But, with now 12 sons the family was complete.  They were home and life as a nation was to continue. One thing Israel could count on was that things would remain challenging. Interfamily strife, death and struggle is inevitable even among God’s chosen. 

So it is in our lives. We no matter how centered in God’s plan are destined to meet life head on. And in it, we will face trials of every kind. The trick is to stay the course and not lose hope or faith. That is what sets us apart from those that are Godless. God will never leave or forsake us. That is the gift he promises. Take it and believe. 

God bless you. 

Leaving Bethel, Jacob and his clan moved on toward Ephrath. But Rachel went into labor while they were still some distance away. Her labor pains were intense.

After a very hard delivery, the midwife finally exclaimed, “Don’t be afraid—you have another son!”

Rachel was about to die, but with her last breath she named the baby Ben-oni which means “son of my sorrow”. The baby’s father, however, called him Benjamin which means “son of my right hand”.

So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath that is, Bethlehem.