Today we received an amazing phone call. We are thrilled to introduce . . . OUR DAUGHTER!!!!
She is 4 1/2 months old. Her name is Yegetanesh, which means “You belong to God.”
We are giving her the full name Anna Jubilee Yegetanesh.
In Hebrew Anna means grace. In the New Testament Anna was a prophetess who recognized Jesus as Messiah. Grace is a gift you don’t deserve. The most beautiful gift ever given. “Grace...it’s a name for a girl / It’s also a thought that changed the world...”
Jubilee means joy, but also so much more: it calls to mind freedom, rest, redemption, justice, forgiveness. The biblical concept of jubilee stems from Leviticus 25, where God instructed the Israelites to make every seventh year a sabbath and consecrate the fiftieth year—year after seven sets of seven—as a Jubilee year: a time of rest from harvesting the land, relief of debts, freeing of slaves, redemption of land. The jubilee freed the poor from the burden of debt. In the Christian tradition jubilee also calls us to rejoice in our freedom from the burden of our spiritual debts—to find joy in the gift of forgiveness through God’s grace. “Lift your voice / It’s the year of Jubilee . . .”
Yegetanesh means “You belong to God.” By grace you are ours to care for here on earth; with joy we offer you back to God.
Anna Jubilee Yegetanesh Wetzel.
Born December 7.
Born...at the right time.
Thank you for all your prayers and encouragement as we've waited for this day. Watch for more updates soon--after we spent a weekend away with the youth group!