If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? (Luke 15:4 NLT)
This Saturday I watched Abducted: The Carlina White Story on the Lifetime Channel. It was a movie based on the actual events of an African-American baby girl being abducted from a New York hospital in 1987. Carlina White was kept and raised by her abductor, and never knew who she was until she was becoming a mother herself. She was reunited with her biological parents 23 years later and the story didn’t end there. Hey, but you have to watch it to learn the rest of this true story.
Watching this movie made me sad, angry, and bewildered as to how someone could actually abduct someone else’s child, causing so much pain for the child’s loved ones. I also reflected on the fact that there are countless men, women, and children that are missing today and their families have not yet received the words, “we have found your loved one.” Some families will never hear those words. It saddens my heart.
Watching Find Our Missing on the TV One channel and other shows dedicated to solving missing person cases have really caught my attention. Not knowing if your loved one is being trafficked, walking around with no sense of who they are, or has been murdered has got to be one of the most difficult things to experience. So, my heart goes out to the missing persons’ families. A while ago, they had an article on African-American missing persons and I kept the article.
I pull that article, with the photos and names of the listed missing, out every now and then and I pray for each person and their families. I don’t know whether they are alive or dead, but I want their families to have justice and closure. I couldn’t imagine going through what those families go through and not knowing. Their loved ones are lost.
Thinking of the missing persons helps me to remember that there are people who are also ‘lost in the world’. There are countless people who never made Jesus Christ their Lord and Savior. There are people, who if they died today, will have no closure as to whether they are going to heaven or hell and there is a way you can know for sure.
So if that is you or someone you know, know that if you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. (Romans 10:9-10 NIV) If you sincerely believed what you read, know that you were lost and in a place where only God’s Son could free you from the reign of sin and eternal death, and you confessed this with your mouth, praise God! We have found our loved one!
Thank You for being mindful of us all. I know You see the pain that many face regarding their missing loved ones and unsaved loved ones. Thank You that You are omniscient and know the whereabouts of each person and the hearts of all mankind. I thank You Lord for Your unfailing love and that You are a God of justice and hope. I pray that You bring Your peace and justice to these families and give them Your grace to make it another day and another day and another day and not give up on receiving closure. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to pray with me for these missing persons and their families as well as our unsaved family, friends and coworkers. If you also know someone who has a missing loved one, be there for them in how God instructs you to.
To learn more about missing persons and how you can help please visit: The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children http://missingkids.com and The FBI Missing Persons site www.fbi.gov/wanted/kidnap
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Ms. Tannika Moore loves the Lord and loves to write! Besides writing poetry or editing written work for family and friends, she currently works for NEIU Educational Talent Search program. She help assists Chicago public high school students with their reading, writing, etc. as well as helps them consider and prepare for college. She, like many of her students, is the first of her family to graduate from college. She earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in English-Professional & Technical Writing. God, the Creator and Great Father has also created her to be a Compassion Person and Encourager and so she loves to encourage people according to God’s Word and help them to see, think and become better thru her support, actions and writing. Her favorite scripture comes from Philippians 1:6, For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you shall perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.