Apr 29 2013

The Dance of the Love of God

Published by at 3:38 pm under Medley of Thoughts

“The dance of the love of God cannot be danced alone.”  This sentence is copied from Dorothee Soelle”s book, The Silent Cry, Mysticism and Resistance. This is the third time I have read this book and each time her spirituality ignites my own some more.  This sentence and others throughout the book strike me because I like to be alone.  Not all the time, but more alone than not.  When I can concentrate on the feeling of God in my heart.  I can shed tears because of the swelling feeling of God in my heart.

On Sunday mornings when Norm has choir practice before worship I go to Burger King that is near our church.  I order an iced coffee mocha and then I read whatever spiritual enriching book I am meditating on.  God lives in that Burger King!  How odd.  How odd that I should feel God so strongly in a place lacking any “sacred” ambiance!  Some Sundays when my 45 minutes at BK is over and it is time to go to church, I don’t want to go.  I want to stay in my solitude in this very public place.  It is a place where, for me, God dwells.

I don’t mean to say that I don’t find God in the sanctuary of my church.  What I mean to say is that I enjoy having God all to myself.  Most times there is some act of community worship in which God touches me as She does at BK.  But I really like to be alone with Her.

Then I read Soelle’s strong statement:  “The dance of the love of God can’t be danced alone.”  I want to dance alone.   When I get to church to worship after my sacred time in BK drinking iced coffee mocha, and I find my seat among the people of God gathered to worship, I do feel the dance of the love of God.  I need those people. Without them I would be so alone in my faith.

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