There’s an Irish hymn called Lord of the Dance. It’s sung to the tune of Simple Gifts (tis a gift to be simple, tis a gift to be free…). But why write a hymn about dancing? I think it is because dancing is always linked to life. We don’t dance at funerals; we dance at weddings. We dance to celebrate. We dance after a victory. Living with the Lord’s indwelling life and in the community of the ekklesia is like a never-ending, life-giving dance with the creator of the cosmos, entwined together for eternity! The chorus of the song goes like this:
Dance, dance wherever you may be,
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he.
And I’ll lead you all wherever you may be,
and I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.