Blog 2668 – 02.17.2023


Jubilee is an Old Testament concept where no debts could last more that seven years and even slaves were to be freed. The Jews were burdened with a lot of rules and regulations and had suffered generations of slavery in Egypt. Jubilee was a time to celebrate freedom from debt and slavery. The seventh jubilee was considered a golden jubilee and what a party that was and still is today. Fifty year celebrations are hat throwing, hand clapping, and song singing affairs. After forty-nine years there ought always to be cause to celebrate.

The poet has written, “I have been young and I have been old, but I have never seen the righteous (the deserving) forsaken.” Who is deserving or righteous one might ask. I believe Jubilee is for everyone. I do not believe only 144,000 win The Love Lottery or that God, the Universe, picks favorites. I love the expression Papa God uses in The Shack to refer to each and everyone as, “One of my favorites.”

Some are always better at making money and holding onto it than others and of taking advantage of situations and of others too. Jubilee was meant to equal the playing field a little and reward all and not just a few. Sharing and the Golden Rule seem contrary to the Capitalist Spirit. Yet I have noticed even the super rich often later in life try to “give back” the advantage they have taken and share their great wealth through grants and charities and not just for the tax benefit but for the benefit of others. Sounds a bit like jubilee to me.

The late British monarch before passing last summer lived long enough to celebrate the platinum jubilee (70 years) of her coronation in early 1952. Way to go Miss Lizzie, perhaps better known as Her Royal Majesty. Jubilee reminds us that we are all part of the royal family and therefore entitled to be free and rich (have enough.) “I mirror you, I admire you, I worship you.”

Your friend and fellow traveler,

David White


You Raised Me Up

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