Nikola, a special jubilee

It is with great pleasure that I blog on this special day, the 15 December 2012 to celebrate our family’s second daughter, and third child, Nikola, who was born this day 35 years ago. Sadly she was to die 50 days later, but her special days on this planet will be remembered by many people.

The number ‘fifty’ in Hebrew culture is special too. God commanded Israel to celebrate every 50th year as a year of jubilee. During this year (of jubilee) all Israelites who had sold themselves into slavery were set free, and all land that had been sold reverted to its original owners. This meant that no Israelite could ever be in permanent slavery; nor could any Israelite permanently lose their inheritance. What an amazing culture; just think of the implications. So each year we celebrate Nikola’s birth I now remember it symbolically as a time to be released from slavery, and a time to claim back my inheritance. Thank you Nikola. xxx

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