My friend, Jane, has a little New Year’s tradition that I’ve adopted: she asks God for a single word that she will focus on throughout the coming year. Not as self-fulfilling prophecy, not a goal, or an end; but a year-long life-study. I’ve found that fascinating. So, through my blog-rolling, googling, and wikipeding, I’ve come across this word: jubilee. It just struck me, and as soon as I read it I remembered Jane’s tradition. So I’ve read about the Year of Jubilee in the Bible (Leviticus 25), been pondering the meaning of the word, looking back at mine and Michael’s lives this past year, and ahead, talking with Michael about it….and I think that’s the word. Jubilee. A solemn celebration, total reliance on our Lord: a lesson in trust, a lesson in giving back. Something that requires restraint on our part, and provision coming from the hand of God. Holding things loosely. Should be a fascinating celebration, this year.


About lindsay

just a girl, creator, reader, learner, homeschooler. wife to one and mother to two others. in the city and loving it. in pursuit of God and community.
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4 Responses to jubilee

  1. Becky says:

    wow, what a wonderful word to choose!!!

  2. Dara says:

    that is awesome. It is good to hold things loosely – God has it all under control anyhow…. josh has been talking about that around the house as of late – I look for it to be cropping up in his sermons – to take the risk and enjoy the life that God has laid out for us to live. Jubilee – everything about that communicates to me that God deserves the Glory; and there is no holding in the celebration of his power in a life!

  3. jane says:

    hey lindsay! i think i might have to join you in this year. that pretty much sums up my thoughts too!

  4. lindsay says:

    excellent! and did you know this is a jubilee year? even better! churches were praying for the release of debt to poor nations last month on Jubilee Sunday in celebration of the year of Jubilee, when all land was returned to the original inhabitants, slaves were freed and debts were canceled.

    “today the scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” (Luke 4) Jesus was reading Isaiah 61 when he said those words, where it says, “He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners, recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

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