Since today is Mother’ Day, I was taking the day off from all media. My family took me on an amazing little adventure to parts unknown of our local metropolis, New Orleans. Then we came upon these women. I don’t know their names, I just know what they were at the Louis Armstrong Park to do. They were from SISTAworks and had organized a special Mother’s Day Peace and Prayer Rally in Congo Square, which is in the park. To me, their choice of venue was as interesting as the focus of their prayers. They stood in the square that was historically the gathering place of slaves to celebrate their day off on a day that celebrates mother. They stood in that square and they prayed for the return of the girls that were taken by Boko Haram in Nigeria.
They prayed for the girls, their mothers, all of the other children and their parents that had ever been taken by them and then they prayed for the Boko Haram themselves. They sent their love to even the perpetrators in hope that these people would see the error of their ways and one day stop such pursuits. It was a beautiful rally. I hope that those of you who are also of faith pray as well. It is unfortunate, but that is all that most of us can do from distant places. So, I too implore you to pray for all the victims of the Boko Haram today and for all their mothers.