Sunday Devotional – You Are the Dance

Some days, I want to be a poet or songwriter, or at least good storyteller – because I know that if I’m going to influence our culture’s core sense of who we are, where we’ve been, and where we’re going, then nonfiction, essay-style is about the worst way to seep deeply into the bones of people! But mostly, I want to be able to give voice to the stirrings in my own heart.

Sometimes, I take some faltering steps in a verse-writing direction. This is one of those times. I imagine the song below sounding something like Kevin Prosch‘s song ‘The Wheel of God‘ (sorry, I couldn’t find any audio online). The lyrics are inspired by some delving I’ve been doing into what Phyllis Tickle calls one of the deepest mysteries the Christian faith has been called to steward – the revelation of God-as-community, the perfect Relationship: the Trinity. My own sense of the fellowship of Godhead was nurtured in my ‘church life‘ (aka house/organic/simple church) days by voices like Frank Viola in From Eternity to Here or Milt Rodriguez in The Community Life of God. This haunting sense of the significance of Trinity as the prime metaphor for God was deepened in my emerging church engagement via Ian Mobsby‘s The Becoming of G-D, among other sources. And of course, there’s that little book that I endorsed, Paul Young’s The Shack, with its marvelous and subversive portrait of a God who defers in love to each portion of Godself, and wishes to make their “especially fond” fellowship planetary in scope.

Most recently, I’ve been experiencing a veritable Trinitarian renaissance while doing the dishes, which is happening a bit more frequently these days as my wife recovers from some minor surgery. This is thanks to both Baxter Kruger‘s amazing teaching – in book form in The Great Dance, & in MP3 form via Grace Communion International‘s free series Dancing with the Trinity - and two awesome teaching series from Richard Rohr (on the latter joined by Cynthia Bourgeault): The Divine Dance and The Shape of God. I’ve begun to see both Trinity-as-Relationship and Trinity-as-Process as holding both the promise and the delivery of transformative change of most significant spiritual, political, and ecological crises of our time. We get to enter into the shared life of God and creation, and from this three-fold perspective break out of our dead-end, binary thinking into true metanoia, a renewed frame of mind and living.

Enough prose already! Let’s get into the poetry.

Yours is the flow

That created kindness

You are the Dance

That ignites all Light

You are the Three

Who contain all Oneness

In You we gaze

With Single sight

 

Abba

You ground all things eternal

And kiss the earth with glad embrace

Christ the Son

In a world of sorrows

Transfigures pain with healing grace

Spirit of Love

Sows new creation

In every soil weak or strong

Your beloved

Mirrors every gesture

In this our wild,

Reconciling song!

 

God alone

There is no other

Apart from You what can take form?

You are the play in every atom

Trinity

In You we’re born

 

This hour brings sorrow and challenge

Never before have we faced so much;

Upon Your goodness we’ll incarnate

Release our hands for Your healing touch

 

Bound to You

We’re Your wounded healers

Binding earth

With heaven’s balm

Boundless here in realms unscripted

Tree of Life

Is your free-verse psalm

 

And so today we dance Your circle

Rhythm of life Your cadence grows;

Let the circle be unbroken

Drawing all in

To Your radiant flow.

It’s a work in progress. It reminds me of Jesus & Paul’s own probable spiritual practice of meditation on Ezekiel’s Chariot…eh?

Feel free recommend revisions and additional stanzas (not to mention maybe a chorus) in the comments below. If it gets polished, I’d like to introduce it to my home church – (appropriately enough) Trinity’s Place.

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17 thoughts on “Sunday Devotional – You Are the Dance

  1. And poetry. Sorry, I got my terms mixed up. I like to try my hand at a few verses from time to time as well, though I’ve never been that great at it. I enjoyed this, thanks for sharing!

  2. Being a poety lover, I really love this! Micah and I have been writing some verse and putting it to music (guitar and djembe) for our other spiritual community. Yours (or parts?) might be perfect for that too. It’s sweet. Love it! You should definitely share it!

  3. I love how you brought the ancient circle dance into the poem, thus reflecting the movement of life in our celebratory, daily dance with the triune God. I imagine the three of them taking part with us, for isn’t that the purpose of life, and living… for the created to be one with the creator with every breath, giving and receiving and sharing with all on this planet?

    Suggestions, if they meet with your approval, just thought they might help the flow:
    1. End of first stanza, /Into You we gaze / With single sight
    2. End of second stanza, /In Trinity / we are born

  4. amen and great truth in lyrical form. as i learn to listen to the music He gives me, i want more and more to move people to warfare with music, organic, acoustic mainly, but listening to lincoln brewster and some of the vineyard stuff gives me shivers too. just seems like ‘worship’ music should be about the unity, the ‘band’ and not the members with their instruments..dunno. working it out.. the Elohim is a beautiful mystery.

  5. The universe is a dance of oneness in which we are being asked to rejoin. ACOL = A Course on Love
    About a week ago i had a vision in which Jeshua appeared, took my hand, and we started dancing. Wildly dancing. Then i invited friends and others whom i have hurt or been hurt by, to join the dance. The imaages brought laughter and smiles to my body and heart. I trully felt the presence of love.