Joy! Joy! We’re Part of the Dance!

I have become particularly fond of Christmas carols performed by Celtic Woman, this season.  And as New Year’s Day approaches, I know I am going to miss them.

It isn’t simply the lively music that captures my attention, but the sense of joy that often emanates as the notes, melodies, and rhythms are released.  This is music that engages you to toe-tap and clap with a joyous heart.  Like the most profoundly-worded and engaging carol, it extends an invitation to move from mere intellectual praise and acknowledgement into touching fingers and holding hands with our glorious God  — Emmanuel, God with us —  as an act of genuine worship.

Listening to the vigorous composition Join the Dance immediately sent my mind flying to two different “dance” references I have pondered at length.  The first is a book by theologian C. Baxter Kruger entitled The Great Dance and the other is a thought-provoking melody of a few decades ago, entitled  Lord of the Dance.

Of the very purposes of God and, subsequently, our core design in this life, Kruger has written, “When we start with the Trinity, the purpose of God in creation begins to emerge.  The very nature of God’s existence as Father, Son and Spirit is fellowship and shared life.  Every thought of this God–every idea and dream and act–is birthed out of this fellowship and bears its stamp.  The idea of creation does not arise in a vacuum of divine boredom or loneliness or sadness.  The idea of creation flows out of the glorious life shared by the Father, Son and Spirit.  If this God is going to create something, then it is quite ‘natural,’ so to speak, to do so for the purpose of sharing life.  And that is exactly the point.  The Father, Son and Spirit created the human race so that what they have together could be shared with us, so that their great dance of life could be extended to us and played out in our lives.  It is no accident that when the apostle Paul was grappling with the eternal purpose of God for humanity, he chose the word ‘adoption’ to describe it. (Ephesians 1:3-5)  The basic idea of adoption is to include.  It means that one who is foreign, outside the family circle, is drawn in grace and love, within the family circle.  And the purpose of that act of adoption is so that the outsider can share in the family’s  life.  The whole mind-boggling act of creation is driven by the desire to share the great dance with us.” *

Shared life, with the very One who designed both the life to share, and included us, with whom He desires to share it.  This is dynamic! Continue reading “Joy! Joy! We’re Part of the Dance!”