Layout of Rachel's Park Memorial
There is an entrance way made from treated rough timber, which hangs a sign that reads, "Welcome to Rachel's Park Memorial, A Cemetery of the Innocents and a Memorial to the Unborn." A pathway leads to a circle that acts as the hub for the whole park. On the concrete circle, a large granite stone is set up as the Memorial Stone. On the stone is the inscription, "Rachel's Park Memorial," accompanied by the verse from Jeremiah 31:15,16, which reads, "A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted for her children because they are no more. Thus says the Lord, refrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears for your work shall be rewarded says the Lord." This particular verse carries a two-fold blessing. Number one, families that have been devastated by the sin of abortion may come here to weep and mourn their loss and secondarily it reveals a promise from God to those who have fought to end abortion, "your work shall be rewarded."
To the left of the circle a pathway will continue, and on each side of the pathway, 2000 little white crosses will be permanently planted. These 4000 little crosses will testify of the horrible truth that 4000 little image-bearers of Jesus Christ die every single day in America. The area of the crosses will be fenced in with a sign on each side that reads, "These four thousand crosses represent the four thousand children that die each day in America. This is hallowed, sacred ground. It is designed to restore the dignity, the humanity, and personhood of the unborn that this nation has denied since January 22, 1973. Treat this site with all due respect."
Coming back to the circle and turning left again, a short pathway will lead to a prayer gazebo. Hanging from the prayer gazebo will be a sign which reads, "A Time to Mourn and a Time to Heal." In the prayer gazebo the "great exchange" text from Isaiah 61:1-3 will be prominently displayed. The passage reads: "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified." Inside the prayer gazebo a literature display will be set up filled with Gospel, Pro-life, and Post-abortive materials. There will also be a form for people to fill out to request a memorial service for their deceased children.
Right next to the prayer gazebo the Tomb of the Unknown Baby will be constructed. On January 22nd, 2003, The Church in Waco will hold a three-fold event to mourn the loss of our children, to publicly repent for the sin of shedding innocent blood, and to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. A part of that event will consist of conducting a graveside service for an actual aborted baby that will be buried at the Tomb of the Unknown Baby.
Coming back to the circle and turning left again, a pathway will lead to a huge twenty to thirty-foot cross. At the foot of the cross, a permanent podium made of brick will be constructed. This area will be designated for outdoor community services and for those post-abortive families who request the memorial service.
From the huge cross, a pathway will lead to the last feature of the park, the Wall of Remembrance. Whereas the Tomb of the Unknown Baby acknowledges the existence and passing of our many nameless sons and daughters, the Wall of Remembrance provides an opportunity for parents to name their children. The parents will be able to inscribe the names of their aborted children upon granite slabs, thereby acknowledging and restoring the child's humanity. This act will be the central piece to conducting the memorial service that will provide an opportunity for the Church to minister the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those ill-affected by this national tragedy.
IN KING JESUS' SERVICE,
Rusty Lee Thomas