2 Samuel | Joining the sacred dance

The dance of the liturgy heals and transforms us: but to receive its gifts, we must participate. (Listen.)

One of my happiest childhood memories were church barn dances. Once or twice a year on a Saturday night, we’d gather in the hall with a dance caller and bush band; and off we’d go with a do-se-do and twirl your partner! Adults, teens and children stepped and galloped, wove and spun, stumbling and laughing and moving down the line. Towering blokes swung little kids around; teenagers dominated the Nutbush; and the oldest folk clapped along from the sidelines. Some of us were wonderful dancers; most of us were not: but the dance held us all. Continue reading “2 Samuel | Joining the sacred dance”

#8: Dance in the face of poverty & pain: #40ways40days

Jesus said, ‘Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Human One. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.’ (Luke 6:20-22)

I stood before my faith community holding my baby boy in my arms. Beside me was a Chin Burmese man and his son. We had gathered to give thanks for life and express our hopes, I for my child, and he for his. He had fled his country and made his way to Australia seeking asylum. Recognised as a refugee, he made a new life in Australia. Now he stood with his Australian-born child, expressing his love and his hopes for his son, as I did for mine. What stays with me is how our words echoed each other, and the sense of connection I felt with another father and another child. Continue reading “#8: Dance in the face of poverty & pain: #40ways40days”

2 Samuel | News Flash: King David: An undercover exposé!

Rumours abound that King David has been seen dancing in the raciest fashion. Shocked eyewitness reports describe the royal behind flashing in the sun. It is alleged that the King, heralding the arrival of the Chest of God to his city, danced ecstatically at the head of a carnival procession of musicians and soldiers, girded only in a priestly apron. He had the whole country on his side — with one exception. Continue reading “2 Samuel | News Flash: King David: An undercover exposé!”

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