Jeremiah 31: 12-13
They will come home and sing songs of joy on the heights of Jerusalem.
They will be radiant because of the Lord’s good gifts—
the abundant crops of grain, new wine, and olive oil,
and the healthy flocks and herds.
Their life will be like a watered garden,
and all their sorrows will be gone.
The young women will dance for joy,
and the men—old and young—will join in the celebration.
I will turn their mourning into joy.
I will comfort them and exchange their sorrow for rejoicing.
Jeremiah 31 v12-13 Hope
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
Ecclesiastes 3 v4 A time
Last year The Bungalow (Crossreach) decided on a version of Strictly Come Dancing to raise funds. Among the few couples to dance in the ‘competition’ were my wife and I. While many years ago we had gone to dance classes for ballroom, we needed a refresher. So along with all the others we spent months at a dance class. We had the waltz. The music Moon River.
We now had a new discipline each week at class and moments grabbed to practice the steps at home in between. It was a joy to do this together and alongside others sharing the same sense of frustrations, stumbles and panic at times too. Yet learning to overcome all this and to help and encourage one another. It was a joy-filled journey. We learnt and experienced beyond the dance deepened relationships, as we found the movement and flow as one to the music. There were new disciplines, postures and listening skills as well as the new friendships.
It is now a Song of remembrance for us. Every time we hear it we can’t help but dance a few steps of our waltz in the kitchen. So we ‘Keep dancing!’
It is a fond memory not only of our time learning to dance, but of making new friends, having great fun with a great bunch of people at The Bungalow too.
for this time to dance.
For the joy of movement,
entering the flow and rhythm of the music,
drifting within it,
lost in the moment of the dance
for the joy,
for the laughter.
For all that is shared in fellowship
and the celebration of these good things.
Lord of the Dance,
teach me to dance with you.
To enter the flow and rhythm of Your life.
Let the joy of the dance I have daily with you
overflow in celebration and hope.
Amen, amen, amen.