“Ice Dancing” – An Alphabyte

Nick reads the Alphabyte.

Each of the two perfected dancers across the smooth arena
could well be doing it alone. Less dependent…less risky…
much simpler, it would seem.
But there is a call upon the two to blend themselves
into one ever-changing figure and form,
folding themselves into patterns of silent sailing
across the slippery, open plane.
They spin in cycles only possible by the pulse of now pulling against,
now yielding to the energies in each.

The Trinity could have chosen that the divine dance be done by them alone.
But They decided to create dancers in their image,
so that all could join together and move through life with shapes and designs
decided by the Creator-Father, completed by Jesus, the Son,
in the power of the Spirit.

Ice dance with the Word each day.
Resist going it alone⎯decisions, plans, relationships
without the clinging to the Spirit who clings like fire to the soul.
Let the choreography of the day be set by the creative interplay
between you and the Word for the day.
Let all the events and people that move into each hour’s rounded space
take their shape from the dance
you’ve well rehearsed in prayer with your God.
Do not fear that some intrusion need have you fall from the hold
that the Lord has upon you.
Bond and blend with your God today as you pray and dance with the Word.

Alphabytes are object meditations
that move through the alphabet two times
in the course of the fifty-two weeks in the year.
“Ice Dancing” introduces the Fourth Week in Epiphany:
winter in the north, summer in the south.
To view all of them, see the menu option Alphabytes.

The Dance with Jesus

Sunday, January 26
Matthew 4:12–23

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Countless numbers of communities across the earth encounter this passage today in worship. As soon as Jesus begins his ministry, he calls others to be with him. Just as the Alphabyte “Ice Dancing,” Jesus chooses not to “skate” alone, but rather to dance with others.

Take a place alongside these simple fishermen as Jesus calls them to be his disciples. Three of them would become his closest friends⎯Peter, James, and John. Perfect they were not. One would deny Jesus; two would become obsessed by positions of privilege in the new kingdom; all three would sleep during Jesus’ greatest moment of anguish in the garden.

God places a call upon you. Do not deny the call, be self-centered or sleep during it. Jesus will teach you how to dance with him.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
The Kingdom of God is here v. 17
I leave all and follow You. v. 19
Dancing with the Lord of life
You are the Lord, my Healer. v. 23

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This is the Fourth Week in Epiphany, Year A.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary.
Year A is dedicated to the Gospel of Luke.

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