“Bring Back Our Captives, Lord”: A Look at Psalm 126

Hi Friends.

Today marks the 5th anniversary of the Chibok school girl kidnapping.
276 were kidnapped by Boko Haram.
57 escaped.
107 have been found/released.
112 are still missing. Continue reading

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Haunted Eyes: A Poem

Hey friends,
I wrote this poem after seeing a news headline about Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, declare that “no territory is controlled by Boko Haram.” Let’s pray for those still being held captive by their own strongholds.


Muhammadu,
you say
that your enemy has no stronghold,
is close to being defeated.

Have you looked into the eyes
of those affected
by such enemies?
They are haunted–

because there are
strongholds that are not physical.
While Boko Haram may or may not
have physical strongholds,
there are spiritual ones,
ones that make the bones shake
with fear.

Mr. Buhari,
you need to know
that Jesus is near.
Holy Spirit,
may Your presence
be found in utter darkness,
in places where it seems impossible
for You to come in.

Fill victim’s haunted eyes
with Joy again, Jesus.
Tear down these strongholds.
Set the captives free.

For we know it is something
only You can do.
Buhari can declare all he wants
about his victories;
we know they belong to You.

Declare victory and freedom, dear Jesus.
The beautiful part is, You already have;
on the cross, dying and humiliated,
You and You alone came back from the dead.

Breathe Your Life into this situation, Jesus.
May Buhari boast of You–
and may haunted eyes be full of hope again.

(c) Annalee Hoover 2019

Pray for the health of Carin!

 

53666493_2172701059445141_4420593109428076544_nFrom the Facebook post:

VERY URGENT!!!! I am asking everyone for your prayers. We need a Mighty Touch from the Lord for our very special friends, Chad and Loretta Harris, their family and their youngest 4 yr. old daughter Carin. Carin was in Joplin in the hospital a few days ago and they could not find out was wrong with her. They life – flighted her to Kansas City, Mo. to Children’s Mercy Hospital. She is now in ICU, diagnosed with a brain infection. Chad has asked that we just share this and pass it all over the world for prayers because we know prayers work. Michael and I are thanking the Lord, right now IN JESUS NAME for Carin’s Healing. Won’t you please join us and pass this around to everyone you know.”

Let Us Pray. Let Us Love.

I am reading an article, and my heart bows low. Numbers of dead bodies and statistics fill its sentences. According to this article, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has said that Fulani Herdsmen and Boko Haram have killed 280 people in February and March terrorist attacks, including 130 deaths in Kaduna, 120 in Zamfara and 30 in Benue states—all within the middle belt of the country. Continue reading