Sunday, July 06, 2008

Our Gospel reading today was from Matthew 11: 16-19; 25-30, and it includes some of my favorite verses. This song came to mind as I was listening to it being read, so when I got home I had to look for it. We don't use it very often (and we didn't use it today), but every time I hear it, I'm more enamored with the whole concept of Jesus as the Lord of the Dance. Maybe it's the Baptist in me who grew up hearing that dancing is a sin, and somehow I knew all along that it really wasn't.
The picture I've included is Stephen Sawyer's "Divine Dignity." I've looked at lots of religious art this week-end since LaRue's pictures inspired me, but this particular picture portrays the strength and youthful vitality of a dancer, to me anyway. I hope I don't get in trouble for using copyrighted song lyrics and copyrighted artwork without permission, so if it's here today and gone tomorrow, you'll know what happened.
The Lord of the Dance

I danced in the morning when the world was begun,
And I danced in the moon and the stars and the sun,
And I came down from heaven and I danced on the earth,
At Bethlehem I had my birth.

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.

I danced for the scribe and the Pharisee,
But they would not dance and they would not follow me;
I danced for the fishermen, for James and John;
They came to me and the dance went on.


I danced on the Sabbath when I cured the lame,
The holy people said it was a shame;
They whipped and they stripped and they hung me high;
And they left me there on a cross to die.


I danced on a Friday and the sky turned black;
It’s hard to dance with the devil on your back;
They buried my body and they thought I’d gone,
But I am the dance and I still go on.


They cut me down and I leapt up high,
I am the life that’ll never, never die;
I’ll live in you if you’ll live in me;
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he.
By Sydney B. Carter

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