Thursday, December 10, 2009
Our Dancing God
The minor prophet Zephaniah, in his brief book, speaks mostly of bad things happening, but he finishes his book on a very happy note. I particularly like the New Jerusalem Bible's translation of one verse of that ending, speaking of God:
"He will rejoice over you with happy song,
he will renew you by his love,
he will dance with shouts of joy for you,
as on a day of festival." (3:17)
This is a really joyful God, not only singing, but dancing, and for us. I think of the kind of circle dance that Greek and Jewish men do and that Jesus and his Apostles most likely did at the Last Supper. Our dancing God takes our hands and draws all of us into the circle of renewing love.
The picture was yesterday's sunshine transforming the previous night's disastrous ice storm into radiant beauty.