Lord of the Dance

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There is a hymn, “Lord of the Dance” (UM Hymnal 261), which Sydney Carter composed in 1963, that goes like this:

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Whenever I sing that hymn, I am reminded that Jesus refused to let anything keep him down.  He didn’t just get back up, he danced.  He set a dizzying pace for every Christian who follows him, but he also blessed us with the Holy Spirit.  When we are weak, the Holy Spirit gives us strength.  When we feel awkward and out of step, the Holy Spirit is our partner in ministry.  When we need encouragement, the Holy Spirit take us by the hand and leads back to dance.  Our music is varied, and our steps diverse, but we all move in the same spirit of Christ.
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