"Rachel Weeping for her Children"
Located on the grounds of the St. Germanus Catholic Church at 912 Chestnut Street in Arapahoe.
"A voice was heard in Ramah, Rachel weeping for her children, and she refused to be comforted because they are no more......This saith the Lord, cease your weeping and dry your tears......And there is hope......" (See Jeremiah 31:15,16 and Matthew 2:18)
Israel's matriarch Rachel was heard weeping for her children during the Jewish exile and again during Herod's slaughter of the innocents. In recent years, Rachel has come to symbolize the spiritual battle to preserve the gift of life in a culture which loses many children to abortion, violence, suicide, substance abuse and family breakdown.
The Knights of Columbus of Cambridge and Arapahoe, Nebraska commissioned Cambridge artist Sondra L. Jonson to create an original sculpture of Rachel that would show their commitment to the respect of life and preservation of the family.
Jonson designed the bronze Rachel kneeling in prayer, cradling an empty blanket, to reflect a society bereaved of its children, yet a society looking to God for healing and redemption. The rose at Rachel's side is the sign of her confidence in God and hope for her future.