Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress.
In the past, he has humbled the land of Sudan and region of Darfur,
But in the future he will honor Darfur of the Black Muslims,
By way of the desert, along the eastern part of Africa.
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light;
On those living in the land of the shadow of death, a light has dawned.
You have enlarged the nation of Sudan and increased their joy;
They rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest,
As men rejoice when dividing the plunder.
For as in the day of the Janjaweed’s defeat,
You have shattered the yoke that burdens them,
The bar across their shoulders,
The rod of their oppressor.
Every warriors boot used in battle
And every garment rolled in blood
will be destined for burning.
will be fuel for the fire.
For to Sudan a child is born,
To Darfur a son is given,
And the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and peace, there will be no end
He will reign on Khartoum’s throne and over its kingdom,
Establishing and upholding the people with righteousness and justice forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.
Note: This is a paraphrase of Isaiah 9:1-7. I changed geographical terms which referred to Israel and substituted “Darfur” or “Sudan.” It is simply intended to make you think about how the promises of salvation given to all people might apply to the people of Sudan. I certainly don’t claim that my paraphrase is accurate. But I do believe that Christ was born to redeem the people of Darfur and the he has the power to do so. He has the power to redeem individuals and also the power to restore peace to war-torn nations.