2021 Jubilee Year

Laurel Jubilee Celebration

Dear Friends,

The Sabbath Year

The Lord said to Moses at Mount Sinai

“When you enter the land I am going to give you, the land itself must observe a Sabbath to the Lord. 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 year of Sabbath rest, a Sabbath to the Lord. The land is to have a year of rest. Whatever the land produces may be eaten."
“Count off seven Sabbath years—seven times seven years—so that the seven Sabbath years amount to a period of forty-nine years. Then have the trumpet sounded everywhere on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement sound the trumpet throughout your land. Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a JUBILEE for you; each of you is to return to your family property and to your own clan. For it is a jubilee and is to be holy for you; eat only what is taken directly from the fields."
"Do not take advantage of each other, but fear your God. I am the Lord your God."
Leviticus 25

"For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
Matthew 18:20

Two or three. That's a good number. One, that's a good number too. But two or three? Now we're talking. Now we can sing harmonies.

In the days of COVID the destroyer, people went to their homes. In twos and threes, we found a new way to live. The old ways discarded.  In divine wisdom and mercy, in the stream of providence, new ways were made.

To our Hebrew brothers and sisters, The Jubilee was given as a clearing of the white board.  A blank page. All of the old debts erased. 7 was a number of perfection. Sabbath. 7 x 7 is a perfection of a perfection.  For this reason, and others, the 49th year was to be held sacred, a completion, the mark of the end of the old way.  In the Sabbath of the Sabbath, the people were liberated from their labor and bondage, and given to eat their manna from the fields, return to their families in their own lands, and to give glory to GOD. Inshallah. Shalom. Namaste. Selah.

In 2020, Laurel is not how we imagined it would be. Instead of gathering to sing and eat and pray together in our hundred, as we have since 1971, we stayed home with our one or two most important fellow angels.  To reflect, pray, and accept renewal of ourselves.

Change is painful. Releasing our ways and finding new ones feels like a frightening challenge, maybe impossible. Some may go on to a greater home in the sky, like brother Frank Rose, like brother Jack Rose, like brother Richard Gardam. But from the union of one and one, in the quiet of our homes, with God's blessing, we can find a third one. A new way. This is where angels come from. Without angels, what good would Laurel be?

The great I AM is there with us in our twos and threes.  He wants us to love each other. It's not a suggestion.  It was commanded from Mount Sinai. It is existential.  Essential.  Holy.  Glory to GOD.  Adonai, Elohim, JAH, these are the names we sing. The still, small voice we hear in the storm if we have ears to hear.

May the Jubilee Year bring you the renewal and wholeness that is meant for you.  The Jubilee began on the day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, just now in October.  The sound of the shofar still rings throughout the land to mark a period of great change and renewal. This year we will gather in small numbers to share what we've learned, what we remember, and what we hope for the future. To enter the kingdom of Heaven, we must become like a child. Go down in the river to pray. Oh sisters, oh brothers, let's go down in the river to pray.

In Summer 2021, we will come together again to mark the beginning of the 50th year, and the cycles ahead. A golden celebration awaits as we look back at the past 49, and the 49 to come.  Hope to see you during this JUBILEE year, or some glad morning at its end.

With great affection,
Daniel Clark, Pop-Dir