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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Day 23 of 31-Dance (dream) anyway…


Praise the Lord.
Praise God in his sanctuary;
    praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power
;
    praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
    praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing,
    praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
    praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.
Psalms 150 (NIV)

Having rehearsed for several weeks on a cleared altar, we entered the sanctuary tonight to see chairs and poinsettias everywhere. What to do, what to do? Clear the space, make the adjustments, prepare to dance the offering.  Pray, breathe, and dance anyway.

Felt a chill warming up on the chancel; keep moving, keep the muscles warm. The pastor says the boiler malfunctioned and it’s 32̊ and windy outside. What to do, what to do. Pray, breathe, and dance anyway (grateful I wore two pairs of tights).

You, Lord are in control, and
I know how to do my part.
Pray, breathe, and dance anyway.
TWEET THIS REMINDER
We have prayed; we are ready. We have stretched; we are ready. It is time; we are ready. The piece begins in silence, danced with instruments of praise (drums, shekere, tambourine). I looked up, and the soloist was NOWHERE to be found. Uh, what to do, what to do? Pray, breathe, and dance anyway. The choreographer and artistic director liked the pause and recovery so much she wants to weave it into the choreography. 

We were ready, or at least we thought we were. The Holy Spirit stepped in to remind us that is wasn’t time until He sanctified the pause, forcing us to wait upon Him until it was time. I just love the spontaneity of the Holy Spirit. We were all filled by the end of the work, and God was glorified.

Life is scary. Pray, breathe, and dance anyway. Things will not always go the way you planned them. Pray, breathe, and dance anyway. Dreams that you know God planted within you can sometimes scare you with their scope, the work it will take to bring them to fruition, how far the outcomes seem from where you currently are. Do your part. Pray, breathe, and dance (dream) anyway. Tonight was my reminder that Emmanuel comes.  Tonight was my reminder that we are never alone. You, Lord are in control, and I know how to do my part. Pray, breathe, and dance anyway.


On Sundays, I fellowship with Jann, Salina, the crew at Spiritual Sundays and Deirdra at the Sunday Community 


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