It doesn’t get any better than this …

I have Pandora on the 60’s Golden Oldies station; it’s turned up high; I’m dancing and jiving and moving and grooving; my body is in motion as my mixer’s making a commotion. Today I baked my grandson’s favorite Congo Bars and Ginger Snaps. We’re sending him a care package all the way to Colorado. He hasn’t been there long. I want to go see him. So many miles to fly and see nothing; I’d rather drive and see everything between here and there. I’m ready for a road trip. But I digress.

There’s something about 60’s music; it has a beat, a rhythm, a drive that must be deep in my soul, cause I just have to move when I hear it. Now, I am a dancer; I was very involved in local musicals from a teen into my thirties. I had my own musical comedy troupe the summer of 1983; we called ourselves, “Rebels with Applause.” Get it? We produced three musicals that summer. It was the summer before I started dating my soon-to be husband. He attended one of our performances; it was a dinner theater. At one point in the show we were pretending to cry during a really silly song. As the music was playing, we went out into the audience with boxes of kleenex; we passed out tissues; my husband says I touched him on the knee as I passed by him. I have no idea. I didn’t know him at the time. Well, I did know he went to the church I was attending. I was Methodist growing up, but the Presbyterian minister let us use his choir room to rehearse our lines, our songs, and polish up our dance routines; I decided I needed to support the church that was supporting our comedy troupe. Let’s get back to this guy and the knee … he was cute and he was single and he was cute, did I say he was cute? Anyhow, he said an electric shock of some sort went through him when I touched his knee. As I say, I didn’t know anything about this event.

But … I did start to notice him more and more at church. I guess he was noticing me too; that Christmas Eve my current beau dumped me !! Now, besides the fact that this guy was nothing much to look at and a politician to boot, it still hurt SO much to be dumped on Christmas Eve. Mother and Daddy and I went to the Christmas Eve Service that night. I was really down … it was indeed a ‘Blue Christmas’!

I was in no mood to pay attention to the service, as I said, I had been very cruelly dumped. However, there was this man’s arm in the pew in front of me. He had his arm along the back of his pew; no one was beside him; he was just stretched out. Oh, and did I say he had on a sweater in the most interesting shade of purple, no berry, no mauve, I have no idea what you’d call that color, but I will never forget it. I studied his arm and his hand all during the service. Somehow my mood took an upswing!

That January after the holidays, the Winter Olympics began. I love ice dancing. Well, I love dancing; see we did get back to dancing. Anyhow, it was a Sunday in mid January that he walked into our Single’s Sunday School Class. He didn’t touch me; all he had to do was walk in the room; I sat up tall and straight as if something had sent an electric current in me. I have never felt that way before or since. Anyway, I suggested he come to a covered dish supper that night for the Singles group. He did, and we’ve been eating supper together for almost thirty-two years now.

I have no idea how this story appeared on my screen today. I know June is our anniversary month and my birth month. Maybe that got me thinking; maybe he still makes me sit up and take notice when I see him out and about. Yep, I think that’s it. He can still get to me … he’s a Golden Oldie I love seeing and hearing over and over and over and over again. I guess I am saying I am still very much in love with this man who has seen me at my very best and my very worst, yet he loves me, still. It doesn’t get any better than this!

Dear Lord, You truly blessed my life when You introduced me to my husband. I am so very happy our meeting occurred in Your house. There is no doubt in my mind that this man was my intended; he was who You intended for me; You arranged a meeting; we fell in love; we are growing older and wiser together.

Who gives this bride? You did!

It doesn’t get any better than that!

Amen

 

Ephesians 4:2-3  God’s Word Translation
Be humble and gentle in every way. Be patient with each other and lovingly accept each other. Through the peace that ties you together, do your best to maintain the unity that the Spirit gives.

 

Ephesians 4:32  English Standard Version 
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.


Colossians 3:13-14
 The Message 
So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.

 

 

Lord of the Dance

Words written by Sydney Carter in 1963

Tune from the American Shaker song Simple Gifts

 

I danced in the morning when the world was begun
I danced in the Moon, and the stars, and the Sun
I came down from Heaven and I danced on Earth
At Bethlehem I had my birth.

 

Dance then, wherever you may be
I am the Lord of the Dance, said He!
And I’ll lead you all, wherever you may be
And I’ll lead you all in the Dance, said He!

 

I danced for the scribe and the pharisee
They would not dance, they wouldn’t follow me
So I danced for the fishermen James and John
They come with me and the Dance went on:

 

Dance then, wherever you may be
I am the Lord of the Dance, said He!
And I’ll lead you all, wherever you may be
And I’ll lead you all in the Dance, said He!

 

I danced on the Sabbath and cured the lame
The holy people, they said it was a shame!
They whipped and stripped and then hung me high
Left me there on a cross to die!

 

Dance then, wherever you may be
I am the Lord of the Dance, said He!
And I’ll lead you all, wherever you may be
And I’ll lead you all in the Dance, said He!

 

I danced on a Friday when the sky turned black
It’s hard to dance with the devil on your back
They buried my body and they thought I’d gone
But I am the Dance and I still go on!

 

Dance then, wherever you may be
I am the Lord of the Dance, said He!
And I’ll lead you all, wherever you may be
And I’ll lead you all in the Dance, said He!

 

They cut me down but I leap up high
I am the Life that will never never die!
I live in you if you live in Me
I am the Lord of the Dance, said He!

 

Dance then, wherever you may be
For I am the Lord of the Dance, said He!
And I’ll lead you all, wherever you may be
And I’ll lead you all in the Dance, said He!

 

Dance then, wherever you may be
I am the Lord of the Dance, said He!
And I’ll lead you all, wherever you may be
And I’ll lead you all in the Dance, said He!

 

Dance then, wherever you may be
I am the Lord of the Dance, said He!
And I’ll lead you all, wherever you may be
And I’ll lead you all in the Dance, said He!

 

 

 

Polish

good quality or style that comes from practice or effort

2 thoughts on “It doesn’t get any better than this …”

  1. A wonderful story Jan. The 60’s, what a great time to be alive. The music, the cars and drive-in movies. We were creating memories to recall when we reached are 70’s. Thank you for sharing.

  2. I’ve just reached my 60’s, Mel … but as a young’un I was influenced by that music … as preteens are … I also adopt the 50’s music as that was on the radio and sung to me by Mother. I love this story, too … had no idea I would write about it yesterday !!! Each day brings surprises doesn’t it !!!

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