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I must confess that I don’t know very much about music. I have some basic skills. I can read it well enough to follow along as we sing a hymn in worship; but I can’t tell you much about major and minor keys, timbre, or texture. I remember learning something about the Classical and Baroque periods in middle school band, but I’m at a loss for what that actually means.
In spite of my ignorance of the technical aspects of music, I can, however, tell you how a song makes me feel. Some songs make me happy. Some songs make me sad. This song makes me want to dance. Something about the music—I don’t know if it’s the cadence, tempo, or what—makes me want to move. When I hear this song, I want to clap my hands, move my feet, maybe even grab a partner and do-si-do.
Dancing may seem counterintuitive for a season of preparation and reflection. I get it. Looking inward and repenting of our sins is serious business, and I don’t take that lightly. Still, when I actually think about the coming of the Lord, I also get excited. Very excited. I’m reminded that what we see right now is not the end. Our communion liturgy reminds us that one day Christ will come in final victory and we will feast at his heavenly banquet. That is good news, friends. The kind of news that makes me want to dance.
Prayer: Lord of the Dance, as we await your return, may we move with hope, joy, and great expectation. Amen.