Daily Topic for August 08, 2010
Impoverished peoples like the Spitis are rightfully concerned about having an earthly inheritance that will help them with basic survival. Today’s reading deals with one aspect of that. But they don’t understand the need for a spiritual inheritance that will lead them to the One who wants them to enjoy the abundant life.
Pray that this very month, many from the Spiti people will seek and find the divine inheritance promised to those who lean solely on the mediator of the new covenant.
The walk was long and treacherous on winding mountain roads lined with deep gorges and steep mountain walls subject to frequent landslides. At the age of seven it was Sonam’s duty to watch her three younger siblings and keep them from sliding off the side of the road while her older brothers helped her parents clear rocks and repair the road for the occasional rickety busload of tourists coming to visit.
With toddlers in tow, Sonam’s friend Tashi came up the road to visit Sonam. Her news made Sonam’s heart beat hard. There was a bus starting to gather the children from the roadside worksites. It was to deliver the younger children to daycare and the older ones to school. Sonam could hardly breathe! In the Spiti culture the oldest son inherits any property and the oldest daughter inherits the mother’s jewelry. The rest of the children are on their own. That is why many enter Buddhist monasteries and nunneries. That was the fate Sonam had accepted. But now perhaps she could go to school and support herself.
There are about 10,000 Spiti people like Sonam. The Dalai Lama selected a Buddhist monastery in their homeland as the place where he will retire.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for the Spiti people as they adjust to the onslaught of modernization and tourism. Pray for workers to carry the gospel to this isolated land. Pray that hearts will be prepared to receive it with joy.