allows for one’s own knowledge and wisdom to emerge.
Recently, while meeting with my Director
she re-stated some things I’d told her about this next year in my life
which will mark a completion and a separation
a new time
unlike any other I’ve experienced
and something she said brought forth my exclamation of
‘it will be a Jubilee Year’!
To explain requires reference to The Hebrew Scriptures
and an ancient vision of having a
Year of Jubilee
every fifty years.
“You shall hallow the fiftieth year and you shall proclaim liberty
throughout the land to all its inhabitants;
it shall be a jubilee for you;
you shall return, every one of you,
to your property and every one of you to your family.”
This was to be a societal and political year
as well as a personal year.
History has no evidence that this large community-nation vision ever happened
to this degree of fullness
we can hold it as
a vision of a time as further explained in scripture
when debts (things from the past) are let go of
the bindings that have held us are cut so that we experience a new freedom
there is a home-coming
a returning to home
whether to geographic-place or to Self or to both.
The fiftieth year…well…
I can’t be too tied to exactness because I’m well past my fiftieth year
(actually nearing age sixty-five)
but to be caught in this exactness is to miss the essential point
that there are exceptional times in life
and one of them might be
A Year of Jubilee
which, for us ‘moderns’ will need to be a chosen and intentional time
because it isn’t dictated and it doesn’t just happen
it might be possible
if we choose to make it ‘be so’.
I am revisiting a book I purchased when I was turning fifty
because it is about women reaching an age of maturity
and entering into a new phase of living.
I read it back then but didn’t practice it
my attention to Maria Harris’s words of wisdom is keener
I will be pondering
as a guiding metaphor
for my newly emerging life experience.
Of interest is the root word for ‘Jubilee’
a Hebrew word translated as
and in this ancient culture
a ram’s horn sounded to announce the time of Jubilee with celebration and rejoicing.
Another source word is
which means a royal release from bondage
and a bringing back.
a time for
forgiveness / letting go
Have you ever entered into a defined year?
Perhaps a year without employment
or a year of travel
or a year of needed rest?
I wonder how that was / is for you?