Dance with Me

Flowers by the Dead Sea
Flowers by the Dead Sea

I fell in love at Christmas.

I didn’t intend to. In fact the only reason I went out with this guy, who was persistent enough to ask eight times, was to prove to him that we had nothing in common and that it would be colossally boring.

It wasn’t. He talked to me like I had a brain. All my male friends were boys I had grown up with; this was a man. That fact was kind of intimidating so I said goodnight and that was that. But…..later I needed an escort to a posh event with the opera company I was a part of and none of my male friends would be caught dead in a place like that. I was desperate so I asked him, and he obliged. One of the women at the reception asked me how I snagged a “gold key blazer man.”  I didn’t even know what that was, but the fact she was impressed made me look again. He drove me home and we sat in the car and talked for hours. We went out several times after that. He bought me expensive gifts. He took me to fine restaurants. He introduced me to his friends who were in a different world than mine.

On Boxing Day, all those years ago, my brother and I were at our grandmother’s house. I remember being a bit of a grouch and not wanting to join in the usual annual family crokinole tournament. I overheard him ask Grandma, “Sheesh. What’s the matter with her?”

“Nothing,” Grandma said. “She’s just in love.”

I was a bit annoyed and then I realized, Oh my goodness! She’s right! I miss him and I would rather be with him than with my family on Christmas! Oh, no!

The “Oh, no!” was because I knew this demanded a response and would change my life and mess with my plans.

It did. But in a good way.

We’re still together and we still talk and talk on long drives to visit our grandchildren.

In the Bible God often uses the image of the bride and the suitor -in Song of Solomon, Isaiah, Hosea, and again in Revelation where He talks about returning for his bride.

I remember singing this old carol with a small ensemble in a concert once and the bass protested that He had no idea what the words meant or how it related to Christmas. Men sometimes have difficulty with the whole concept of being the object of God’s pursuit. Some of them become quite angry at songs they call “Jesus is my boyfriend songs.”  My husband says it’s because men like to see themselves as the one who initiates. (I think the Lord obliges and uses other human experiences like Father/son and  shepherd/lost sheep as well.)

The bride image is one I understand though. I hear the Lord throwing little pebbles at my window in the night and softly singing, “Come away with me.”

This ancient Cornish Christmas carol, “Tomorrow Will Be My Dancing Day,” reminds me that everything he did, from laying down his right to be recognized as the king of the universe, to washing the feet of his disciples, to laying down his life and conquering death was to pursue us and invite us to dance with him -because He is in love with us.

 

Tomorrow shall be my dancing day;

I would my true love did so chance

To see the legend of my play,

To call my true love to my dance;

 

          Sing, oh! my love, oh! my love, my love, my love,

          This have I done for my true love.

 

Then was I born of a virgin pure,

Of her I took fleshly substance

Thus was I knit to man’s nature

To call my true love to my dance.

 

          Sing, oh! my love, oh! my love, my love, my love,

          This have I done for my true love. 

 

In a manger laid, and wrapped I was

So very poor, this was my chance

Between an ox and a silly poor ass

To call my true love to my dance.

 

          Sing, oh! my love, oh! my love, my love, my love,

          This have I done for my true love.

     

6 thoughts on “Dance with Me

  1. Allan Halton

    Well, sister, you broke me up this morning. Yes, it’s true that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son… but in a very special sense “He gave Himself for her” …that is, for His bride (Eph. 5:25-33). This is the hope, the joy that was set before Him, that enabled Him to endure the Cross. He knew His dancing day (and ours) was coming. Truly, as the apostle said, this is a great mystery. And a great wonder… which you awakened again in me this morning. Thanks for this.

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  2. There comes a point in the course of love where there is no turning back… it’s when you know… that you know… that you know.

    That point, came into existance for all of us when God sent His Son in the flesh.

    Romans 8: 38-39
    For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

    Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    Blessings

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