MICHAEL'S MUSINGS. . .
"And when those who bore the Ark of the Lord had gone six paces, David sacrificed an ox and fatling. David danced before the Lord with all his might, he was girded with a linen ephod. … And as the Ark came into the city, Michal the daughter of Saul looked out the window and saw David leaping and dancing before the Lord, and she despised him with all her heart.”
II Samuel 6:13-14, 16
“One must have chaos in oneself to give birth to a dancing star.” Fredrick Nietzsche
One of the most exciting things growing up in the Escondido FUMC youth group were the dances. Our local church dance would find 40-60 of us gathering, and when we went to the district youth dances, wow, sometimes several hundred youth would be in one place shaking their groove!! Well, shaking, uh, something. The dancing we did was not the dancing of our grandparents, full of grace and movement, hand in hand, feet gliding to the steps shared by a dance school instructor. No, we just jumped around. A bit chaotic, and of course, so many of us were still getting accustomed to our rapidly growing bodies; arms and feet struggled with coordination. Of course, moves that David made more than likely mirrored his joy and passion as the long lost ark was escorted back into the city.
Usually at some point we would have a group dance; something like the Electric Slide or a dance line. In those moments coordination was the goal. We were supposed to do it together. And for a few of us uncoordinated souls, our madness of trying to follow was only sated when we actually learned the steps and could do it as a group. But as soon as we thought we had it, it was time to learn a new dance and the feast of uncoordinated motion would begin all over again! And it may have looked hilarious, but our attempts definitely spoke of a desperate need for refinement!
We have just finished a wonderful dance of faith with Todd, Rev. Amy, Emily, and Josh. It has been filled with beautiful steps of growth, grace and song. Now, however, the time for us to learn new steps is upon us. The dance will go on, but there may be a few moments of stumbles and tumbles as we learn new and exciting ways to be vital in ministry. The dance goes on, and even though we have lost a few from the circle, our partner in salvation, the author of the dance has not left us. He expects us to mindfully and purposefully move forward, to grab his hand, use the other hand to grab another and allow him to lead us into the dance of a lifetime!
We are bound together by love and Sydney Carter put it so well in the song Lord of the Dance, "Dance then, wherever you may be, I am the Lord of the Dance said (Jesus), and I'll lead you all wherever you may be and I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he."
The dance of ministry awaits! We will dance with each other, with those in need, with those lost, those hungering for a touch of grace and joy and love. Alan Watts puts it so well: “the only way to make sense of change is to plunge into it, and join the dance.” Let’s dance!
See you at the dance hall. . .yeah, that place where we worship!
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