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October 1, 2009

Community-Building by Dancing

Last weekend my family attended our nephew’s wedding in Florida.   It was a lovely ceremony in a beautiful, modern, air-conditioned Roman Catholic church (outdoors we experienced a very humid 92 degrees), and the reception was held at a hotel restaurant on the 11th floor, which sported a beautiful marble veranda.  People were elegantly dressed, toasted the happy couple, ate wonderful food, and began to dance both indoors and outdoors as the sun set. 

Suddenly, in the middle of a really popular dance song, the clouds opened and the ran came, first a little, then more and more.  The music continued, and the dancing continued.  Everyone outdoors got wetter and wetter.  They laughed and kept on dancing.  The people inside, after murmuring to one another how glad they were to be inside and dry, stared at those still outside in wonder.  They stared, and then they stepped out into the rain.  When the lightning came, everyone went inside, of course, but soon the rain abated and we were dancing in both places once again.

And not just dancing in couples.  Group dances: The Electric Slide, The Cotton Eye Joe, The Cha Cha Slide, a Bunny Hop – Conga Line, a Stroll with ever-rotating partners strutting down the aisle…  People who normally said no to dancing were letting their hair down, possibly because their hair was already down from the rain.

Among those wedding guests, pretense vanished and play began on a level playing field, and with a remarkably low alcohol influence.  Just community.   When I have heard in the scriptures Jesus referring to the coming Kingdom of Heaven as a wedding feast, I have never thought about the dancing.  But I believe that is what I will picture from now on – the delight of dancing together with all God’s children as we feel the rain of our baptism uniting us into the Kingdom of God.

1 Comment »

  1. Amen!!!

    Comment by Jon Anderson — October 13, 2009 @ 9:27 pm

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