Today’s Daily Thought is about a story that I feel should “touch the heart of the world” but in my view doesn’t receive enough publicity. In a remote part of the world, over 300 schoolgirls were kidnapped and “stolen” from their families. In order to understand the impact of this incident just imagine if your own child had been abducted and you would never know if you were going to see him or her again. An Islamic group by the name if Boko Haram has “allegedly been named the culprit in this case. This case has been publicized, but somehow it seems as though a lot more attention “should” be devoted to this matter. How much do “you” know about this incident? Your own knowledge (or lack of it) could be due to the amount of publicity that has been given to this story. I would love to see the entire “world” unite in expressing concern for these young schoolgirls, but so far the main voice I have heard (on a leadership level) has only been from Michelle Obama. I don’t want to speculate as to why this story hasn’t had more promotion behind it, but then again I don’t feel as though I have to. We ALL know what types of stories sell and we also know the types or circumstances that generate public interest. These girls need to have a “worldwide” dragnet” issued out for them. Human trafficking is a “very real” issue and if we don’t dedicate enough attention to it then it will only be a “matter of time” before it hits “close to home.” To date the US has sent 80 military personnel to the area to help find the girls, but these girls need help from the “world.” If you don’t know a lot about this case, then maybe you should read more on it yourself. The most cruel thing anyone can do to a parent is steal that parent’s child. If you feel even an “ounce” of love for your own little one then you need to say prayers for the safe welfare and recovery of these schoolgirls. Just because this story isn’t “front page news” doesn’t mean that we can’t “treat it as such.” These girls deserve to know that “someone cares.” I hope you “let your voice” ring if this matters enough to you. Thank you for allowing me to share my feelings with this story to you today, and I pray that these girls will be rescued safely, just like I would pray that your “own” child would be rescued if the same thing happened to you. Take care and feel blessed.
Billy Paul (“Your song” and “Me and Mrs. Jones”) and Brett Jolly in concert