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June 14, 2019 | by: Rev. John Hartman | 0 comments

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“A Time to Dance” 
Two weekends ago, I was in Charlotte, North Carolina for my son’s wedding. Tim is my oldest child and will turn 28 later this month. He is a chiropractor and he met his bride, Amanda, at the Sherman College of Chiropractor in Spartanburg, South Carolina. It was a wonderful weekend of love, laughter, and joy, although the temperatures were in the 90’s, which can be tough when it is an outdoor wedding and reception. 
Father of the groom is a unique role, and rather non-descript. No one is quite sure what to do with you, although it does seem like that they are able to find you when it comes times to pay the bill. My part of the weekend was to pray for the food at the rehearsal dinner on Friday, and then again for the food at the wedding reception on Saturday. With this being my only times to speak, I took advantage of these opportunities to say “a few words” in preparation of the prayer. I have included excerpts of my remarks from the wedding reception last Saturday. 
“I went to a Christian college that did not allow dancing on campus. So, the truth is, I am not any good. Just ask any of my kids about my dance abilities. When I slow dance, I injure my dance partner. When I fast dance, I injure myself. I am terrible at the Macarena and the Electric Slide, or the dance the kids today are doing called, Flossing, – because, the truth is, I even struggle greatly with the Hokey-Pokey. In fact, I am even worse than Elaine onSeinfeld. However, the Bible in Ecclesiastes chapter 3 says, “There is a time to dance.” 
When I really think of dancing, I think of an ice cream parlor in Long Beach Island, New Jersey that I used to go to when I was growing up, called, The Show Place. The Show Place employed a unique cast of entertaining servers. First, you are greeted warmly as you walk in as they announce, “It is our pleasure to serve you tonight.” They bring you to your seat and serve you your drink and your dessert. And then, the lights dim, the music comes on, and these young thespians, entertain you with singing and dancing, as they sway to the music in front of the tables of customers in a culinary cabaret. It’s as if they are saying, “We’re glad you’re here. We are so glad you part of this with us.” And the place goes crazy!
Tonight, I want you know that we’re glad you’re here. And we are so glad that all of you are part of this with us. And I hope that you will dance, laugh, eat and drink (within reason), -- and celebrate with Tim and Amanda on this their special wedding day.”
And with that, I prayed for the food, for their marriage, the launching of their chiropractic careers, and for their lives together. 
May God give to all of you his richest blessings of food, love, and life, not just today, but for all of eternity. 
Pastor John
Quote of the Week
 “When I have learned to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now.” C.S. Lewis
Clive Staples Lewis was a British writer and lay theologian. He held academic positions in English literature at both Oxford University and Cambridge University. He is best known for his works of fiction, especially The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Space Trilogy, and for his non-fiction Christian apologetics, such as Mere Christianity, Miracles, and The Problem of Pain.

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