Yesterday was the one year anniversary of Dolores O’Riordan’s death. She was the lead singer of a rock band from the 90’s called The Cranberries. There is one song that The Cranberries wrote that I feel is very relevant to our current social climate and all that is happening in Northern Nigeria. It is called “Zombie.” Read these lyrics:
“Another head hangs lowly
Child is slowly taken
And the violence, caused such silence
Who are we mistaken?
But you see, it’s not me,
It’s not my family
In your head, in your head, they are fighting
With their tanks, and their bombs
And their bombs, and their guns
In your head, in your head they are crying
… Another mother’s breaking
Heart is taking over
When the violence causes silence
We must be mistaken…”
It is hard to care for those whose pain seems out of sight, out of mind. While The Cranberries are talking about another war, it is very fitting for what is going on in Nigeria—a place that, for the most part, people don’t truly care hearing about.
Dolores left an amazing legacy, one that causes us to take compassionate action. It is my Hope that she knew Jesus (she was cited as being Catholic), and that those who follow her footsteps would find Christ as well.
May we love like Jesus Loved—sacrificially, even when it is inconvenient. And even when the people we are to love live far, far away.
Do you know Jesus?
No matter who you are—King or beggar, celebrity or the marginalized, you matter to God. So much, in fact, that He died for you. Learn more about Jesus, and why He died for you, here.
Please pray for (find the prayer sheet here)…
- The celebrities of this world, that they would be humbled and saved by Christ.
- The Chibok Girls, and Leah Sharibu.
- That more people would seek Jesus and become an advocate for those who need to be heard, supported, and loved.