We've all been mesmerized by this story from Cleveland. There are too many questions to ever understand. How these girls could be hidden for that long – that close? Why they couldn't get away? Why no one figured it out? How this guy could be so messed up – just too many questions.
For now, we rejoice and we pray for them.
But what a Mother’s Day reunion! To me, it’s the story of moms who never gave up.
Honestly, it’s a spiritual story I see often. I can’t tell you how many mothers I’ve seen never give up on their children who are being held captive spiritually by the Father of Lies. The real Deceiver.
There is nothing more rewarding for me as a Pastor than to be standing in the baptistery with a person whose parents are watching. It’s great when they are young, but it’s really fun when they are older. It’s a look much like the Cleveland families must have had - relief and joy at the end of a long period of faith-filled prayer.
Please don’t ever give up on your kids! By all means, be the parent if they still live at home. Crack down if you need to. But if they are wandering in some desert land at the moment or making choices you don’t like, there is always hope.
Everyone has to make their own choices. Sometimes there is nothing you can do but pray. But have faith and keep praying, keep putting up posters, and offering rewards and doing whatever you have to do to make sure that your kids know they aren’t forgotten.
Mark Batterson – in his excellent book “The Circle Maker” says we should 'Pray Through'. “Praying through won’t take no for an answer. It’s always too soon to quit praying, because you never know when the wall is about to fall. You are always only one prayer away from a miracle.”
And someday – you will be able to say with John -
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. (3 John 1:4)
Happy Mother’s Day, to my mom, my wife and all the other amazing mothers out there who never gave up.
I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. (2 Timothy 1:5)
Grace, therefore Peace.