As mothers around the world celebrate Mother’s Day with flowers and homemade gifts from their children, there is a community of 200 mothers who do not know the fate of their daughters.
On the night of April 14, 2014, an Islamic militant group kidnapped more than 200 female students from the Government Secondary School in Chibok, Nigeria. There has been no sign of the girls since.
The government has rescued hundreds of women and children from Boko Haram camps in the Sambisa Forest, and for that we praise the Lord. But the Chibok girls are still missing, and it is their mothers that I will be thinking about on Sunday.
Can you imagine not knowing the fate of your child, but being reminded by daily news reports of the cruelty of her captors? They are the ones who have killed thousands in one attack, have assaulted several of their female victims and have then sold some of these women into Islamic marriages.
I can’t imagine what these mothers are going through. I do not know the anguish they are experiencing: the sleepless nights, the hope and then despair, the uncertainty about whether they will ever see their daughters again. It is an unimaginable hell.
Although I cannot fathom what they have been through, there is One who knows the depths of their suffering. Jesus is not unfamiliar with their pain. He has walked the dusty roads of this Earth and willingly submitted Himself to evil men and their evil systems. He, too, had a Parent in God the Father who lost His Child – his only Beloved – in order to set us free.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post