Thursday, June 30, 2005

The Jubilee

In biblical times, every 50 years marked the "Jubilee" - debts were forgiven, slaves were freed, and land was returned to its original owners. Jubilee years also required that farmers "rest" their land allowing nature time to replenish it.

Although this is our traditional summer trek to Ohio which Amy and I have made for 11 or 12 years, this year is a bit different as we're also using it to acknowledge a special milestone - no not my birthday we observed that by flying on planes occupied by people with small bladders - we're celebrating the 50th anniversary of Amy's parent's - Bernie and Priscilla

A half century of love and patience...not necessarily always in that order I suspect...which is a remarkable feat by anyone's standards - certainly mine.

Unlike biblical times, there won't be any slaves freed or land returned but we've made arrangements to get all of the children and grandchildren together in one place - something that grows increasingly difficult as the kids get older - for at least a few days.

It won't be anything too will be family.

But perhaps - like the rules regarding the lands of old - this small effort on our parts will serve to nourish and replenish two wondrous hearts - hearts that have blessed so many.