For six years, sow your fields,
and for six years prune your vineyards
and gather their crops.
But in the seventh year,
the land is to have a Sabbath of rest,
a Sabbath to the LORD.*
At the end of every seven years
you must cancel debts...
and let [your servants] go free.**
*Leviticus 25:3 (NIV)
**Deuteronomy 15:1, 12
On these passages, at least in part, the concept of a Statute of Limitations is based in Common Law.
My wonderful husband died seven years ago today. Last year I marked the day with THIS post.
I have decided It Is Time for me to enact my own Statute of Limitations, to call for a Sabbath...
not from remembering him
not from remembering our marriage
not from being thankful for his life
not from being thankful for his legacy -- my children --
from the compulsion to publicly mark those special days
upon every anniversary
I will carry on the memories in my home
lovingly hung with photographs
I will light a candle
in the morning
in the evening
at my prayers
I will hug my children
even across cyber-space
and acknowledge and honour
their choices about remembering
even while I take a rest
I believe that God has new things
for Howard and me now.
It is time.
Rest peacefully, my love.
"For I know the plans I have for you",
declares the LORD,
"plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope
and a future."*
Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up;
do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the desert
and streams in the wasteland.**
*Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
**Isaiah 43:19 (NIV)