Saturday, April 16, 2005

We Will Dance

In contra-dance we clap and shout (and stomp!) at certain moments -- particularly when all the group comes together in a tight knot in magical timing with the music -- and always there is a purely happy smile on everyone's face throughout the dance. Nobody actually talks about God during a contra-dance. But God is there.

Contra-dance makes me think of David, *SNIFF* that murderous adulterer who was chastised by his first wife Michal because he danced with abandon in the streets. Nevermind that David was dancing before the Ark.

David knew what life and spirit is about.

Contra-dance is different from square-dancing in that contra-dance is older and is more of a group effort than a couple's dance.

In contra you're like a cog in a great machine. The music injects a wondrous ether to the room as lines, rings and couples progress across the floor, spinning, balancing, gypsying, swinging ...

Bakersfield College math instructor Bernie Scanlon says a remarkably high percentage of its practitioners are highly educated, often involved in mathematics, computers, or engineering.

Scanlon points out: "Timing is also crucial, as is the ability to rapidly carry out called instructions and do fraction math on the fly."

God, who set the heavens in motion, smiles with the contra-dancers.


We Will Dance

Sing a song of celebration, lift up a shout of praise
G2 D
For the Bridegroom will come, the glorious One
C2 G2 D
And oh, We will look on His face
C2 G2 D
We'll go, to a much better place

Dance with all your might, lift up your hands and clap for joy
G2 D
The time's drawing near, when He will appear
C2 G2 D
And Oh, we'll stand by His side
C2 G2 Asus A
A strong, pure, spotless bride

We Will dance on the streets that are golden
The glorious bride and the great Son of Man
From every tongue and tribe and nation
Will join, in the song of the Lamb

Sing aloud for the time of rejoicing is near
The risen king, our groom, is soon to appear
The wedding feast to come is now near at hand
Lift up your voice proclaim the coming Lamb

We will dance on the streets that are golden (4X)
D Bm7 A
Glory and honor, glory and honor, glory and honor forev - er

Nice, real nice. Almost reminds me of the Shakers of the last century. I've got some Shaker hymns on cd that we can listen to on our way to the Cochise Stronghold sometime.
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