How do you embrace the God-joy? Every Monday I’ll be sharing one of my Playdates with God. I would love to hear about yours. It can be anything: outside, quiet time. Maybe it’s solitary. Maybe it’s loud and crowded. Just find Him. Be with Him. Grab my button at the bottom of the page and join us:
God is a community.
That’s what my pastor says.
And I remember the dance, that word—perichoresis—that the church fathers used to describe this unique community. Perichoresis, from the Greek peri-, meaning around and –chorein, to dance. A beautiful picture of the way the Three Persons indwell each other and yet move through and around each other in a divine dance.
And I carry this image with me into prayer group and during the sharing of stories, I listen. It is the bow of the dance, the gentle taking of the hand—this listening—and we are a community.
I close my eyes and feel the sway, the way this being together can be lithe and beautiful. But as the stories do their telling, one thing rings true: we’ve all been hurt by church. We’ve all been damaged and changed by the dance.
I was looking for the reality of God in the lives of people, my friend says. I knew God as my Father but I didn’t want to be taken in by Christians again. My Christian life has been a search for authenticity…
As tears well in her eyes I feel mine begin to sting and I wonder, how can a beautiful dance go so wrong? And how in the world do we find the rhythm again?
I am learning just how common this is and I am realizing that this kind of hurt is part of the journey, but if I want to join in the dance—then I must join in fully. Because it is when there is holding back—when I hesitate—this is when the dance falters.
To join in the dance of God means to love as he loves. Unabashedly, unashamed.
Do I know how to dance this way?
This is the question I ask myself and I feel that holy dance surround me and I reach across the arm of the couch and I take my friend’s hand.
Because joining in this dance fully starts with one move. One tiny move closer.
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