Did Jesus dance? We don’t know for sure, but chances are he did. In Jesus’ time, dancing was customary at weddings—although men danced in a group with other men, and women danced in a group with other women. So besides working his first miracle at the wedding feast in Cana, Jesus probably also danced there.
The wedding at Cana… The thought of Jesus turning water into wine, gladdens my heart. I like wine. I also like the fact that Jesus worked his first miracle at the request of his mother for the sole purpose (it seems) of preserving the young couple from embarrassment—and to prolong the party!
The thought of Jesus dancing—now that’s something that really delights me. I picture him stamping his feet to the beat, clapping his hands over his head, swaying, laughing, and turning around. Maybe he even sang the words of some of the songs that were played. What an image!
I wrote about Jesus dancing in two of my books. In By the Way (see reflection #77) and in Just Because (see poem #44). A friend of mine, Jan Toler, who lives near St. Louis, MO, read the reflection and was inspired to draw a picture of Jesus dancing. She said I could post it on this blog:
The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche said, “I could only believe in a God who knows how to dance.” At Cana, Jesus reveals to us a God who can dance!
Some questions for reflection:
Is it easy or difficult for you to picture Jesus dancing? Why?
Does it make any difference whether Jesus danced or not?
What role does dance play in your life? Does it play a role in your prayer or worship?
I have four wonderful dance videos for you today. You can pick one or as many as you want to watch.
The first is the father/daughter dance at a wedding. It starts with “Butterfly Kisses” and then moves on… (about 5 mins.)
Video #2 shows a group of Jewish men dancing (about 4 mins.)
This third video shows a mother/son dancing at a high school talent show. The woman is a counselor at the school (about 4 minutes):
And finally here is a group doing a beautiful Viennese Waltz (about 8 mins.):
Please share some of your thoughts below. We would love to hear some of your answers to the reflective questions and/or your thoughts on the dances you watched!