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I remember when my daughter was little we danced to some Amy Grant music – I’ve got the joy, joy, joy where? Down in my heart!  And it was great fun.  I still dance to good music with good lyrics that talk about the One that loves me dearly.  That love inspires me to get up and move, raise my hands, twirl around and it does my heart so much good!

So…in this month where hearts are out there (in every way), why not train and teach our kids proper dance etiquette on the dance floor…with the best Dance Partner they’ll ever have!

Preparation:  Pick some peppy and gentle worship songs that you family will love, five or six, and have them ready.  Ask everyone to show up in dancing shoes (that may look different for each person!)

Dance partners encourage each other.  (Play the first song and let everyone free dance in worship – note the ones that struggle and the ones that thrive – because there will be both in one family!)  Not everyone feels comfortable dancing, but we can encourage and never discourage our partner. That’s what Jesus does…always offering his hand to lift us up and even hold us and twirl us! (This time play a gentle song and ask everyone to close their eyes as they envision Jesus taking their hand and holding them as they sway to the music.)

Don’t be a Showoff.  Sometimes when people are dancing, they want to be seen and noticed, so they demand attention by doing dares and even moves that might endanger their partner or those around them.  Jesus won’t ever embarrass you with his love. He’s a gentleman of the highest measure!  As we draw closer to Him, he will gently lead us or we might leap together, but always in worship and admiration of the Father.  Never asking everyone to “look at me” but rather, look to Him.  (Play another song and sit – just worshiping silently with hands lifted or not – get up or stay seated – whatever each one feels like doing.)

Be Thankful.  If a person asks another to dance, it’s always polite to thank that person at the end of the song.  It’s just common courtesy.  Part of dancing with Jesus is giving thanks.  It’s sort of like a dancing heart.  When we are sad, worried, lonely or frustrated and we start looking for reasons to give thanks, our heart suddenly comes alive and we feel like moving.  (Play another song, with everyone seated, and only move feet to this song – up and down, tapping or swinging, whatever!)  Having a thankful heart makes the feet happy, too!

Be willing to Learn.  Maybe you’re not the best dancer, you don’t know the moves, you don’t really have rhythm, and you sit and envy those that do.  Jesus always wants to dance with you, because he has made each one of us in his image and delights in his children – always – whether we have rhythm or not!  Music fills the air with truth about His love and when we listen to the lyrics, it causes us to lean in and say yes, Jesus, teach me to love like you do, give to others, and obey and be blessed.  (Pick your last song – a familiar one - and dance together as a family, singing the lyrics aloud that you know.)

Psalm 150 says:


Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.

 

With Jesus as our dancing partner, we will always know that we are chosen, of great value, and loved more than anyone else could ever love us.  He’s got the moves and the music.  All we have to do is listen and take his hand.

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