Ethiopia follows a 13 month calendar and so it's actually the year 2007 in Ethiopia today! Enkutatash is the word for the Ethiopian new year in Amharic, the official language of Ethiopia. It has also been associated traditionally with the return of the Queen of Sheba to Ethiopia following her visit to King Solomon Jerusalem in ca. 980 BC. means “gift of jewels.” The story goes back almost 3,000 years to the of ancient Ethiopia who was returning from a trip to visit King Solomon of Israel in Jerusalem, as found in the Bible in I Kings 10 and II Chronicles 9. She had gifted Solomon with 120 talents of gold (4.5 tons) as well as a large amount of unique spices and jewels.
1 Kings 10 says this:
When the Queen returned to Ethiopia her chiefs welcomed her with enku or jewels to replenish her treasury.
We continue to seek God, ask for wisdom in our life journeys, and are praying for renewal of hope in this new year! May this year be full of God's plan revealed to us as we press on in our adoption process and surrender to God's timing in joining us with little Tarik. Thanks for your prayers!
Bible verses on Hope:
Psalms 62:5 My soul, wait you only on God; for my expectation is from him.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, said the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Romans 5:5 And hope makes not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given to us.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Romans 12:12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
Galatians 5:5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
Ephesians 3:20 Now to him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,
Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.