Jubilee’s birthday is a solemn occasion. Astrologically, Jubilee isa Leo, meaning we’re humble, meek, and never ostentatious. Allow me therefore to don this very somber hat. [I put a basket on my head, in lieu of a proper silly hat]
I was born under the sign of Jubilant and destiny unfolds in its own time, so to stumble down this pathway the planets had to align just so. My best friend found Jubilee first, reporting I’d like it because “there’s jazz.” I wasn’t immediately swayed, there’s all kinds of jazz, and I was then entrenched in another congregation’s committees whose holy book was Robert’s Rules of Order. Yet it was inevitable- the Dances of Universal Peace called me in, the Aramaic Study Circle called me in, then in 1998 you called me in. On the cusp on the Millennium, I’d collaborated a bit on a New Year’s Eve service; when everyone was freaking about Y2K I was freaking about my soul. Midnight struck, the room was lit by candles, everyone sang “This little light of mine,” fireworks boomed around us- and I broke down, right over there. I finally admitted to the Universe that I was a being- what mends that? Looking up from tears I saw light. Light upon light. Ubi Caritas mended me, Anam Cara mended me, Ishq Allah M’abud Lillah mended me, holding hands and praying with others mended me. Do I still have cracks in me? Oh yeah. We all are a tad cracked, so may it be, as the saying goes “Blessed are the cracked for they let in the light.”
The joy of this community is that we are community. That’s among the many components of the Main Thing. Crossing that doorway, we’re immersed into an ecosystem where the self is found in the spirit of service; to other humans, fellow creatures, the Earth, the Cosmos, our Ancestors, Successors and in service to This Holy Moment. That right there is legacy.
I’ve heard we Jubilants are too dang upbeat sometimes; that’s a symptom of Keeping The Main Thing The Main Thing we’ve gotta live with. It’s what you get for practicing acceptance regardless of belief, loving without question, and giving because it’s a call to life, not a By-Law. Some of you will know the phrase “we can only keep what we have by giving it away;” by that, we are overflowing in an abundance that’s steadfast and changes lives forever because of you.
If Jubilee’s your new thing, wade in the water for a while- it’ll take getting used to but it’s best experienced when you’re soaked and splashing the heck out of each other. It’s our birthday, it’s a party y’all, and when we blow out candles on our cosmic cake consider your wish. Perhaps it’s for us to love more, to stand for justice more, or summon the Holy into sweat-drenched efforts to uplift the shunned more. These are gifts we get to unwrap only by gifting what we have for the good of our crazy, sweet, cracked yet healing world. In the words of a New Radicals song:
“You’ve got the music in you
One dance left
This world is gonna pull through
Don’t give up
You’ve got a reason to live
We only get what we give.”