The first blog what I wrote when I came to belong to All Saints was about dancing. It wasn’t posted on the website, but printed out alongside the notice sheet. It was linked to the song by The Killers, ‘Are We Dancers?’
I’m not a dancer, though Ukrainian folk dancing was part of my childhood. I say that because folk dancing was following time honoured routines, being part of a moving, but set, picture. A sort of physical liturgy.
But dancing is responding to the rhythms and harmonies of music, to the movement of others, to the story that is being enacted, emotional, disciplined and free at the same time. The best I can manage is drumming my fingers and tapping my feet, and occasionally swaying!
It is a picture of church as well, tracing the love and compassion of God in his kingdom presence in our lives. Like dancing, you have to surrender, trust to him who has gained your trust, respect and loyalty. Dancing does happen in your heart, and limbs follow on.