Once her disappearance was released to the public I started praying they would find her. I found myself praying similar to the day when my sister was abducted, "Lord, let this all me a misunderstanding!" And like my sister's case - it wasn't a misunderstanding. A young woman was missing and a family was left to wonder, worry and grieve throughout Thanksgiving week.
The person responsible took more than a daughter and sister, he took away a family's hope and joy - having them struggle to focus on what they are thankful for.
The leftovers have been cleaned away - the Black Friday shopping has come to an end - work resumes for the majority of Central New York tomorrow. Yet the journey for Jenni-Lyn Watson has just begun.
My sister has been missing for over sixteen years so I'm also praising and thanking God the Watson family knows where their precious Jenni-Lyn is and can transition through this part of the journey. I don't mean any disrespect or to sound as if I'm minimizing their pain - I'm not. This is horrific and will forever affect them - yet knowing the pain of "not knowing" for sixteen years - I am thankful they won't know how we are feeling.
Please join me in praying for her family- for the Lord to provide in ways only He knows they are needing right now.
Once the media headlines aren't attracting "top story" status and the family is left to heal and grieve - they will need your prayers as much as they did when you were praying for God to find their Jenni-Lyn.
God hears and answers prayers...we need to have hope and never give up!
In memory of Jenni-Lyn I write to you today.