Looking forward to your Jubilee

Yesterday was a special day for a special member of our congregation. It was one of our elder’s 90th birthday!

Now everyone celebrating a birthday at the moment must do so under the constraints of birthday-cake-380178_640social distancing. The result is we may not feel our special day is that wonderful. But perhaps this year of restraint will make future big days even bigger.

Since the ancient Israelites too realised that personal celebrations should be treated with respect if they are to hold onto their true impact. Indeed, the suggested we should only have a jubilee every 50 years!

Well, that is a bit extreme. But let us look forward in faith to sharing our big days with one another once the crisis is over.

In the meantime, let’s give each other an ‘un-birthday’ present by staying at home. For then we will do our part in preparing for the glorious jubilee described by Leviticus:

In it, you shall not sow, neither reap that which grows of itself,

nor gather from the undressed vines. 

 For it is a jubilee; it shall be holy to you.


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