the Lord of the dance

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The older son was in the fields working. When he returned home, he heard music and dancing in the house, and he asked one of the servants, “What is going on?” – Luke 15:25-26

lining up to enter the labyrinth...
lining up to enter the labyrinth…

This morning I’d like to build a little more on yesterday’s labyrinth post. I went back to church Wednesday evening, to take some of the guys from my Bible-study group through the experience. What I observed was interesting.

First, God had something else to show me (God always does). Second, the choreography – the rhythm, the cadence, the interactive dynamic – changes depending on who, and how many people are involved.

(If you haven’t read yesterday’s post, Walk This Way, then I’d recommend taking a look.)

DANCE: As I watched 25 people walk, pray, pause, reflect, meditate, worship, kneel, weep, pass on the path, step around, embrace, love, it spoke to me of a beautiful dance.

This is what God showed me (and I wrote this down in my notepad during a reflective time at the end): There is only one dance; it’s not a question of accuracy, or correctness, of waltzing right, or tangoing wrong; it’s a question of dancing.

God’s invitation is to dance. The dance is not a rehearsal of correct doctrine, it’s a call to participation; not a call to religious code but an invitation to faithfulness; not faithfulness to creed so much as a fidelity to love; not fidelity to facts but devotion to truth; less devotion to regulations and more commitment to dance with God.

My word for today is that God wants us to dance.

It’s okay if I have two left feet, or if I step on someone’s toes, or if I move without so much grace, or if I fall off the path. The beauty is not in the technicalities, the beauty is in the dance.

Pastor John prepared a mix of sacred music that played in the background. Some people subconsciously moved their bodies around the cadence of the music; two young boys quickly caught up with their mother, and you could see them try to match the rhythm of her movements; some seemed almost lost in prayer; some looked down at their feet; some focused on the stained glass windows; some paused at almost every turn; some walked steadily….

God’s word is obvious; God wants us to dance.

So dance already!

Dance then, wherever you may be
I am the Lord of the Dance, said He!
And I’ll lead you all, wherever you may be
And I’ll lead you all in the Dance, said He! (Sydney Carter, 1963)



  1. The quote (variously attributed to the ancient Rabbi Hillel, scientist Daniel Hillel, contemporary rabbi Hillel Goldberg, etc) came to mind:
    “I get up. I walk. I fall down. Meanwhile, I keep dancing.” Thanks! I needed the reminder…


  2. It’s a beautiful honor to dance before The Lord! Our dance is in celebration of our worship or praise to God for He is good.


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