So on January 16, 2021, I will turn 50 years old. It’s a big deal for me. I know I am not the only person to ever turn 50. But in my head, that’s the year I become old.

Sorry. It’s kind of a line I’ve drawn. I have lived half a century.

I remember when my dad turned 50. I gave him a hug and called him codger. I have plenty of family older than me. I understand my life isn’t over. But I’m dealing with my age. My age is now pretty big. Sizable. I ain’t no spring chicken. You know?

But then I prayed. God showed me something wonderful about the age of 50.

In the Bible, the year of Jubilee occurs after seven sets of seven yearly intervals (49 total) are completed. The fiftieth or “liberty” year is proclaimed on one of God’s annual feast days known as the Day of Atonement. Because God owns everything, he set up a special, regularly occurring time period called the Jubilee when a man’s possessions would be returned to him.

This fiftieth (Jubilee) year is sacred – it is a time of freedom and of celebration when everyone will receive back their original property, and slaves will return home to their families . . . If one of your brothers becomes indigent and has to sell himself to you, don’t make him work as a slave. Treat him as a hired hand or a guest among you. He will work for you until the Jubilee . . . (Leviticus 25:10, 39 – 40).


This year is my liberty year. I think honestly every year is my liberty year. But this year is like one big long birthday. I love that. I believe that things I have struggled with and issues I have fought will be dealt with. I believe I will receive a special blessing this year. I believe God is with me. He’s always with me, but I think this year he will show up for me in a tangible way that I can point to. Because. I think it’s a promise.

It’s very exciting. So bring on my birthday! It’s my year of Jubilee!

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