This coming Mother’s Day, take a moment to pray for the mothers of the missing Chibok schoolgirls, whose anguish over the fate of their children continues.
An Open Doors field worker from Africa reflects..
On Mother’s Day I will be thanking my own mother for her sacrificial love towards me. I will also be thanking her for always being in my life. She always sees the good in me, always forgives me when I have sinned against her, always embraces my wild ideas and cheers me on. There is no one like my mother, and I love and appreciate her deeply.
As I thank the Lord for my own mother, I cannot help thinking of the more than 200 mothers of the Chibok girls, who remain missing more than a year after their abduction in April 2014 by Islamic insurgency, Boko Haram.
Recently we heard that the Nigerian government have rescued hundreds of women and children from Boko Haram camps in the Sambisa forest, and for that we praise the Lord.
But there has been no sign of the Chibok girls, and it will be their mothers that I will also be thinking of this Sunday. It is impossible for me to imagine what those mothers are going through.
I do not know the anguish they are experiencing: the sleepless nights, the constant stress, the unceasing see-saw between hope and despair, the madding desire to want know to at least what has become of their daughters.
Although I cannot fathom what they have been through, there is One that knows the depths of their suffering completley. Jesus knows their pain. He has walked the dusty roads of this earth, willingly submitting Himself to evil men and their evil systems.
God Himself gave up His child. He gave up His beloved only Son, in order to set me free.
The counsel of God is far above the wisdom of human beings. I don’t know what His purposes are for the Chibok girls and for their parents. But I do know that He promised not to let our pain and anguish be fruitless and futile.
Holding on to that promise, my prayer this coming Mother’s Day is that He will visit these mothers and minister to them.
My prayer for them is for peace that surpasses all of their, and my, understanding.
I pray for supernatural peace that will enable them to say, “I don’t understand. But I trust.”
O Lord, how we need You to give us peace. We need You to still the storms in our hearts! Still the storms Lord! Give our sisters in Nigeria the peace you have promised! And if it is Your will, bring them back to us.”
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