God Lives in Dance

Recently a friend sent me a poem, the religious hymn ‹Lord of the Dance› by Sydney Carter (The United Methodist Hymnal, No. 261):

In it, the Logos speaks about itself as the God of dance.

I danced in the morning
When the world began,

It is a God so great that the course of the stars is only an expression of it.

And I danced in the moon
And the stars and the sun,

His descent has made earthly creatures a part of his dance and Earth has become a place for him to be.

And I came down from heaven
And I danced on the earth,
At Bethlehem I had my birth.

I was immediately touched by the fact that God does not appear cautious and static, but dynamic and everlasting. There is something wildly free about this God’s love for humankind. It is a God who will not punish nor complain, only invites you to dance with Him, to tune in to the dance.

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.

Translation: Simone Ioannou

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