Dancing in the Dark

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Dancing in the Dark

Nothing profound today. Just some buzzings in this ol’ noggin. There’s a lot of heartache going around, so I wanted to encourage all of you, in case your encouragement tank is leaking.

One of my favorite songs is “Dancing in the Dark.” I love the version sung by Diana Krall. (You can give it a listen here, if you like.)

As I write this, I’m going through the link list of some of my favorite songs I’ve saved in a Word file. I made the list so I can click on them to play on Youtube. As I searched for Diana Krall’s link in the list, I had to giggle as these titles came up:

*”Let’s Face the Music and Dance” by Diana Krall
*”Dance to the Music” by Sly and the Family Stone
*”You Should Be Dancing” by the BeeGees from Saturday Night Fever
*”Got to Give it Up (Keep on Dancin’)” by Marvin Gaye
*”You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” by Leo Sayer

I had to listen to all of them, for pure enjoyment. Sometimes, a body just needs a little pepping up with some fun music. So does the soul. Can’t keep my feet still! I used to love to dance. Ahh, those were the days!

I know you’ve seen the following poem. The ordering of the lines varies, and, occasionally, other statements are inserted. The original author is disputable and attributed to a variety of people, including Mark Twain, Satchel Paige, and William Purkey. It goes like this…

Sing like no one is listening.
Love like you’ve never been hurt.
Dance like no one’s watching,
and live like it’s heaven on earth.

No matter what evil, world events frighten you, no matter what life-storms sadden you, you can face the discordant music of life together with the Lord.

To soothe your jangled soul, you may want to listen to this beautiful music by Richard Maddock, called “Sunlight Dancing,” from his album As Creation Unfolds, Part 3. If you ever felt like worshiping the Lord with dancing, listen to this song. I found Richard on Twitter. He’s here @BalletMuzik if you’d like to follow him. And here’s his site.

In your darkest hours, remember the Lord…

He is your help!
He is your light!
He is your comfort!
He is your strength!
He is your guidance!
He is your joy!

So, what if we take the song titles from the beginning and put them together like this…

Borrowing from the titles, let’s face the music and dance. Go ahead, dance to the music. You should be dancing. So, you got to give it up, and keep on dancin’. Tell the Lord, “‘You make me feel like dancing! I will always be dancing in the dark with You!”

Sometimes, you just have to “dance like no one’s watching,” and dance in the dark.

You did it: You turned my deepest pains into joyful dancing;
You stripped off my dark clothing and covered me with joyful light.
You have restored my honor. My heart is ready to explode, erupt in new songs!
It’s impossible to keep quiet!
Eternal One, my God, my Life-Giver, I will thank You forever.”

(Ps. 30:11-12 Voice)

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  1. says

    Lovely post, Lynn.

    I often write books based on a title I come up with. One I’ve had for over a decade is a title for a children’s book: Dancing on Moonbeams. There’s never been a story attached to that title–I just like it. Your post today reminded me that I still love it. Thanks!

    • says

      LOL I do the same thing with blog posts. I must have hundreds of titles with blank pages or just one thought! And I love that title, Carol! Sounds delightful! Thanks for stopping by, my sweet friend! 😀

  2. says

    I like this post, Lynn. I remember this song so well; it is so beautiful. I can’t remember who sang it? Was it Frank Sinatra?
    Anyway, love that song! Thanks so much for the neat memory..


    • says

      Hey, sweetie! So good to *see* you! And oy! {headslap} I totally forgot to add that verse! Hate it when I do that! LOL Thank you so much for dropping by and commenting. Deeply appreciate it! 😀

  3. mary gemmill says

    Thanks Lynn…this post “Hit the spot” for me today…..off to listen to some uplifting music.
    One I turn to at certain times is Laura
    What if your blessings come through rainsdrops, what if your healing comes through tears…..it’s so good to have old favourites to turn to to send our spirits soaring up towards our Abba.

    God Bless you, special and loved lady…you are one of God’s special treasures.”For you are a holy people, who belong to the Lord your God. Of all the people on earth, the Lord your God has chosen you to be his own special treasure!” Deuteronomy 7:6

    xx xx

    • says

      Oh, Mary-Mary, you are the special one, my sweet friend. Just your name brings a smile. 😀 Thank you for that wonderful song. I’ve never heard that one. Love those lyrics. I keep a file of ideas for posts. One I’ve had for a long time is along the lines of the chorus and this: “What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise?” Some things just come in black packages. Praying for you today. May the Lord bless you with all you need! xoxox

  4. says

    Hi Lynn! I smiled at all your song choices, we are definitely from the same song era! It’s funny how you can just mention a song title, and the brain just starts playing the music.

    I really loved your Scripture quote at the end of the post. You are so right, times are really crazy and uncertain, both in the USA and in the world. How can we not get a little down reading about it all? But God is our help, he sees our needs and will change our mourning to dancing!

    • says

      Hey, Ceil! I’ve been thinking about you. In fact, I have you on my list to visit! I love that version of the scripture, too. Our mourning, our deepest pains, turned to dancing before Him! Hallelujah! Thanks so much for stopping by. Love hearing from you. Be blessed! 😀

  5. says

    What a refreshing post this is! I listened to several of your link and felt my soul lift heavenly.
    The idea of dancing in the dark gives me hope too.
    Praying you have a wonderful weekend, Lynn

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