When I was a child, there were several summers that I spent a week away at church camp. I liked camp! It was pretty rustic: sleeping in unheated cabins (it got cold at night!), and swimming in the lake (no chlorinated pools at this camp!). It was the late 60’s, early 70’s, and every church camp counselor back then could play the guitar. All the church camp songs we sang were accompanied by folksy guitar strumming. My favorite camp song was Lord of the Dance. The lyrics told a story and through out the song the story tells of Jesus coming to earth and dancing – and trying to get others to join him in the dance! Through thick and thin, through death and His resurrection, Jesus kept dancing! For those who don’t know the song – here’s a youtube video of the song. The camp version, like I stated, was more folksy with guitars strumming and a dining hall full of campers singing, but I liked the pictures that went with this version:
If any of you have really taken a look at the ‘about me’ part of my Facebook page (or you may have seen this before on my FB page) you will see a quote: For as long as I live, may my walk on this earth be a dance inspired by the joy He provides and the words from my mouth be always a song to His ears. Yeah – that’s my quote; my words. I guess it goes back to those church camp days. Music has always made permanent indentations in my memory – perhaps Lord of the Dance inspired my quote?
I’m not much of a dancer, but sometimes the joy of the Lord makes me just want to dance! And with Fall being my favorite season, I realized today that perhaps it is because all of nature seems to be dancing – even though it is dying or going dormant! Really – if you take a look at Fall – it’s all about dying plants, leaves dropping, insects finishing their life cycles, and everything getting ready to hide away from the winter cold and snow. But – Oh! how nature wants to go out with a bang!
Ted’s weed – oops – I mean flower garden is still cranking out the blooms. I love the cornflower blue color of this flower!
I love the reds of Autumn! From this poor lowly dying weed that boasts such vibrant red berries, to a few stray leftover red raspberries on our bushes, and finally the perky red begonias that push there way through the leaf pile-up – Gorgeous!
The squirrels in my yard are certainly enjoying themselves – and were quite cooperatively photogenic this afternoon:
I want to live my life like the season of fall – I’m going to keep dancing and show all the bright colors I can ’til the very last moment.
Ecclesiastes 3:4 A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance