PROVERBS 22 (excerpts)

  A good name is more desirable than great riches;

   to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

   Rich and poor have this in common:

   The Lord is the Maker of them all.


   Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity,

    and the rod they wield in fury will be broken.

   The generous will themselves be blessed,

    for they share their food with the poor.


   One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth

    and one who gives gifts to the rich—both come to poverty.


    Do not exploit the poor because they are poor

    and do not crush the needy in court,

    for the Lord will take up their case and will exact life for life…

I've felt intimidated by the subject of Sabbath economics, it's uncomfortable to admit the ways I contribute to consumerism and the economic systems that uphold injustice. The more time I spent reflecting, the more I felt stunned and numb by the weight of it all.

So you can imagine how juicy this got for me to explore how the concept of Jubilee is a foundational piece to God's economy. The symbolism of emancipation has been powerful- I've been able to give myself freedom to enter into this tension of Sabbath economics with fresh eyes and a clear heart.


Rich and poor have this in common: The Lord is the Maker of them all.

May we use this beautiful reminder as a starting place and a posture as we hold the Advent season together.

Nicole Baker