Those who have lived in Jacksonville for more than 20 years know about the story of Kamiyah Mobley, a newborn taken from a local hospital. For 18 years, there were reminders of her kidnapping, but no solution. Until this week.

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Thankfully she is alive and healthy. She was discovered in North Carolina living under a name the kidnapper gave her as a baby. I’m sure some of you have heard the story. You’ve probably gripped your children a bit closer thinking about it.

I pray the kidnapper takes responsibility for what she did and doesn’t make Kamiyah go through any more than she already has. I pray this non-birth mother turns to God and allows Him to heal whatever issues she might have in her life that would cause her to steal and keep another woman’s child as her own.

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People have to forgive. We don’t have to like them, we don’t have to be friends with them, we don’t have to send them hearts in text messages, but we have to forgive them, to overlook, to forget. Because if we don’t we are tying rocks to our feet, too much for our wings to carry! – C. Joybell C., author

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Kamiyah will be given lots of advice as time goes on. But the best advice any can give her is to forgive. Forgive her non-birth mother for taking her from the hospital to satisfy her own needs and not of those of the child. Forgive anyone else involved who might have helped perpetuate this lie. Forgive the hospital for allowing the kidnapping to occur in the first place. In Matthew 18:22, when asked how many times must a man forgive someone who has done him wrong, Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

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I know it’s easy to say to forgive from where I’m sitting, but by holding onto hate, you only hurt yourself.

Forgiveness doesn’t mean you’re saying what the person did was okay. What you’re saying is “I plan to move forward and in order to do so, I have to let go of my anger.”

None of us can fathom what this girl is going through, not to mention the family of this non-birth mother. All have been lied to, and now have discovered that what they believed was never true. Having cameras in your face while you’re dealing with such a harsh reality will only make it harder. Forgiveness is the only way, in time, they can all heal completely.

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