This month marks the seventh year anniversary of Michael’s death. In the Bible, the seventh year was often known as the Year of Jubilee. Many indentured servants were granted their freedom in the seventh year. Many Israelites were forgiven of their debts in the Year of Jubilee, and landowners gave their land rest from farming in the seventh year. The seventh year was a time of rest, release, and celebration.
For the last six months, I’ve prayed asking God to make 2013 a year of jubilee in my own life. I want to slow down and enjoy life in 2013 (which means letting go of my crazy schedule), and I want to release the past and live in the present. Knowing that I’ll be married this year, brings great celebration and I can’t help but believe that God is answering my prayer.
This year, I’ve adopted Psalm 40:1-3 as my theme verses.
“I waited patiently for the Lord;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
3 He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.”
God has truly heard my cries for help, rescued me from darkness, and he has most recently put a new song in my mouth. I pray that as others see God working in my life, that they will put their trust in the Lord.
Happy New Year! Salut (cheers in French) to the Year of Jubilee!