June reflection

‘Proclaim freedom all over the land to everyone who lives in it—a Jubilee for you’

Leviticus 25:10

This month we have a long bank holiday weekend to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.  Many of you are planning teas, party’s, picnics and other gathering in your local area.  In fact, there are so many different things going on in the areas I serve, I have joked with a few of you that if I come to them all, I will be like the Vicar of Dibley and all those Christmas Dinners!

There is a tradition of Jubilee in the Bible which God says is to take place every 50th year.  It isn’t a time of parties and celebrations, but instead is designed as a way of resetting and rebalancing our lives.  It is a time when the land and the people are encouraged to have a well-earned rest.  A time when debts are forgiven and those who are in slavery are set free.  The Jubilee laws in the Bible then are about the wellbeing of the whole community.  They encourage people to live in good relationship with God, with each other and with the world around them. 

No wonder Leviticus talks about the Jubilee as a way of proclaiming freedom!  It sounds like an amazing opportunity and something that has really made me reflect.

I wonder what resetting and rebalancing we might need in our own lives right now?  What might it mean to help others in our community to find a new balance?  How do we get that balance when it comes to the world around us?  Sadly, we don’t have a tradition of Jubilee to reset everything for us, but perhaps there are things we can do just to help to find a better balance in life.  That might even include a jubilee cake or two! 

I hope you enjoy whatever you do on those days.

Loving God.  We thank you for the tradition of Jubilee.  Help us to be aware of our own needs at this time and those of the people around us.  Help us too to live in balance with the world we all share. Amen.

Every blessing, Lorna

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