Matt and I joined the local square dancing group sort of by accident eight years ago. We were homeschooling at the time and our youngest son needed dance credits to finish out his Phys Ed course for the year. I noticed an ad in the local paper and thought a few weeks of do si doing would fit into our schedule nicely. When it came time to leave for the first lesson, our son refused to get in the minivan; we waved good bye and promised to have fun in spite of his lack of cooperation.
We were so glad we did! Our instructor Neil was in his mid-seventies and welcomed us with the joy of a long lost friend. Every week a beam would across his face at our entrance followed by a heartfelt hug and an encouraging word about our progress. His excitement in teaching the moves was palpable. We grew to love Neil and because of Neil we grew to love square dancing.
A friend asked me the other day if I thought a dessert night would bring new people to the church and make them want to stay. I thought back to Neil and the warm feelings of attachment we experienced because of his simple kindness. Maybe church could be more like a square dance. On Sunday mornings, when you walked in people wouldn’t just lift their heads from their tight circles and resume talking without a greeting. Nor would they look right through you like you were invisible. No matter what your maturity level, you would be genuinely loved and encouraged.
And because of the love and welcome you received, you in turn would welcome and love others who came through the door.
By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Here’s hoping you have an extra special week!
Fool’s Notion: Week 16 Goal250 Actual212
Ok, I didn’t make my goal, but thank goodness I’m getting close.