A Dance for Christmas

I saw a little girl today
Sitting all alone
Sadly watching the other kids
Playing and having fun.

I sat on the step beside her
And watched the others play.
I didn’t speak at first.
Then she began to say,

“I’m not like the other kids
I really don’t fit in.
They are always happy
And they have a lot of friends.”

“What else makes you different?”
I quietly asked of her.
“I would rather read than play
To write than sit and chatter.”

“I see,” I said.
“But why do you look so glum?”
“Teacher and my parents think
My choices are no fun.

They think I should be more active
Running around with other kids
‘You need to make some friends’ they say
So I tried, I really did.”

“What are you going to do?”
I thoughtfully implored.
“Do you think there is an option
You have not yet explored?

She furrowed her tiny brows
Tapped a finger on her chin.
She slowly turned to face me
And gave a little grin.

“I know what I can do.”
She cut me a sly glance.
“But I will need your help
Because I am going to dance!”

She whispered her secret plan
Left to change her clothes.
When she returned to the playground,
She struck a glamorous pose.

When I turned on her music
She began to twirl and prance
As she circled the playground
Reciting poetry about a dance.

It didn’t take very long
For others to join in.
I watched the little girl
Become surrounded with new friends.

This story reminds me of the song “I Hope You Dance”.

I remember dancing with our mom during the holidays. My parents always bought fruit for Christmas and our house smelled of fresh apples, oranges, and lemon Pledge during the holidays. When she started cooking and baking, she would always find time to dance with us. She would play records while we danced around the living room where the tree stood in the corner. Sometimes we would have aunts, uncles and cousins come to visit. Their visits made things even more festive.

My Christmas wish for you is that you will find many reasons and opportunities to dance during the holidays and in the upcoming year. Dance with your children, dance with your spouse, and dance with your parents. Put on some music and dance by yourself. Dancing will lighten your heart and chase away the blues. If you cannot find a reason to be joyful, remember your Creator made you for His praise. Dance because He loves you, dance because He cares, dance because you are fearfully and wonderfully made.
Have a Merry Dancing Christmas!
Jeremiah 31:13  American Standard Version (ASV)
Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old together; for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.

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