Invited to the dance

“May all your expectations be frustrated, may all your plans be thwarted, may all your desires be withered into nothingness, that you may experience the powerlessness and poverty of a child and sing and dance in the love of God, who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”
– Larry Hein in the preface to Abba’s Child by Brennan Manning

I know a bunch of people. One of the beautiful things about being a pastor is being invited in to the deep places of life. Good and bad, circumstances are a portal into a deeper humanity. They are not a porthole, something to be looked through to get a glimpse of life elsewhere. They are a portal to be entered in to as a passage to life that is truly life. Larry Hein captures this in his preface to the classic Abba’s Child. The goal of all this is the trinitarian relational richness maybe best captured by dance.

I really don’t like the fact that dance is the metaphor of life. I don’t dance well, at all. In Middle School and High School I went to the dances and largely stood outside looking in. I neither invited much, nor was invited much to the place where it was happening. Yet dance is inherently relational, integrating the inflow of music, the presence of others on the dance floor all while being intensely present to the partner.

Circumstances invite us on to the floor. Intensely present to the Author and Giver of life, to the sovereign over all creation, passing through the portal of good and bad circumstance , gives entrance to the place of deep joy, surpassed expectation and freshness of power to grasp the riches and depth of love with which we are all held.


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