Daily Topic for January 21, 2012
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 disciples is meant to be shared with many others. This way His love can spread throughout the earth.
Pray that Christ’s beauty will be in us so that those who don’t know Him may come to know Him intimately.
“I was so privileged! So few [outsiders] have the opportunity.” A Central American woman described what it was like attending a Bedawi Beja wedding in a desert area located in Egypt near the eastern border of Sudan.
“I was led to the women’s tent by a young woman. Her beautiful magenta dress and matching veil completely covered her. Upon entering the tent I was warmly greeted, given a cup of spicy coffee and sprayed with a pungent perfume. Women were applying hena tattoos to the bride’s hands and some were preparing goat meat for the barbequing.
Men danced to drum music. The people shouted praises of approval when the couple were given a camel to help them start their lives together. Necklaces of blue glass beaded ‘eyes’ were placed around the camel’s neck and the couple’s neck to keep away evil forces.”
The estimated two million Bedawi Bejas are independent, clinging to their traditions, culture, language, and nomadic lives. Muslim in identity only, they often are under pressure from neighboring Arabs to adopt the Arabic language and follow a more conventional Islamic way of life. Some Bejas work as farmers, and a few work at low paying jobs in cities.
Pray that many Christ followers will dedicate themselves to lasting friendships with the Bedawi Bejas, which will open the way for them to know Christ and His Word. Pray God’s Word will saturate their hearts, mind, and souls forever.