Are you familiar with the term “jubilee”? We weren’t, not really. As the Teleios board gathered in December for a half-day prayer and planning session, the word jubilee came up. It was during a moment of prayer and discernment as each of the board members around the table shared about what they believe we are being invited into as a Teleios family in 2020--our 50th year. Men around the table that day shared words and themes like rest, margin, days away for prayer, retreat, and inner life. A word came to one of the board members during this time of prayer and listening, the word jubilee. We looked it up in the bible and this is what we found:
Leviticus 25:8-12 “You shall count seven weeks of years, seven times seven years, so that the time of the seven weeks of years shall give you forty-nine years. Then you shall sound the loud trumpet on the tenth day of the seventh month. On the Day of Atonement you shall sound the trumpet throughout all your land. And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you, when each of you shall return to his property and each of you shall return to his clan. That fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you; in it you shall neither sow nor reap what grows of itself nor gather the grapes from the undressed vines. For it is a jubilee. It shall be holy to you. You may eat the produce of the field.”
We are not sure what jubilee means for Teleios in 2020. We find it interesting that as we completed our 49th year the word jubilee came up during a time of prayer and discernment. We look forward to exploring this theme of jubilee, perhaps learning together what it might look like as we continue to help one another grow in maturity (Teleios) through building bonds of friendship with other men.