Daily Topic for January 10, 2008
When we gaze upon the beauty of our Savior, who loves us with an everlasting love, the significance of Solomon’s words comes home to us: He is ours and we are His. He claimed us as His “bride” before we claimed Him as our “groom.” We did not choose Him, but He chose us and loved us, and then set us free to love Him in return. He chose us “to go and bear (lasting) fruit” (John 15:16). Unlike the love between a man and his wife, the love between Jesus and His disciple is meant to be shared with many others. This way His love can spread throughout the earth.
Father, may Christ’s beauty be in us so that those who don’t know Him may come to know Him intimately.
The Zaghawa mother quickly covered her baby’s face from the stare of an approaching stranger. This action along with the many charms and amulets she wore should protect the infant from the “evil eye,” a curse caused by the intense gaze of an envious person. This belief is typical of the Zaghawas, a semi-nomadic people of eastern Chad and the Darfur region of Sudan. Converts to Islam in the 1600s, the Zaghawas still incorporate Animistic beliefs into their religion, and they do not believe in life after death.
The Zaghawas are caught up in the Darfur’s ethnic cleansing by the janjaweed (Arab Militant forces) along with other “Zurga” (Black) ethnic groups. The Zaghawa people’s homeland has been rife with warfare since the 1950s, but this warfare has been mostly between different tribal groups regarding grazing lands, animal theft, and access to water. The second state of the region’s conflict was from 1987-1993 and consisted of an Arab Alliance versus the Fur (Black ethnic groups of Darfur). Even this conflict was not so much directed against the farmers but was an attempt to take their land. Arab nomads would give a day’s warning to a village to vacate and make way for them. However, the present conflict has escalated into ethnic cleansing.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for intervention that will prevent further atrocities. Pray that through this tragedy that many Zaghawa people will turn their allegiance to Jesus.-JS