Psalm/Psong for April 24 – “Dance Me to the End of Love” as sung by The Civil Wars

Here we are at Easter. My Lenten project is complete.

I had a longer reflection written about Easter and what I think it’s about. Unfortunately, I think I left it at work. So, I’ll have to adapt it for another day, or wait a year, or put it in the book I’m working on. Or maybe all three.

So I’ll just reiterate what PW has been saying for years. Easter isn’t about the resuscitation of a particular body of a particular man almost 2000 years ago. Easter is about remembering all the ways in which Love is STILL stronger than death, humiliation, defeat, shame, oppression, and degradation. But it’s not magic. It’s hard work, and so it’s why many of us go to church. We practice it in church so that we can find the strength to go out into the world with that same leaning forward into the hope of Love.

My spiritual advisor once exclaimed to me, after I told him a story about a man who has a bit of a crush both on PW and me: “Well, he’s clearly in love with you. With BOTH of you! And why not? Isn’t that why we come to church in the first place — to learn how to fall in love with each other?!”

It took me more than 50 years of church-going to hear that proclaimed as a reason to go to church. It’s so good, I don’t want to keep it to myself. So Happy Easter everyone. Let’s get out there and dance the world to the end of love. May it be so.

Lyrics to “Dance Me to the End of Love,” written by Leonard Cohen:

Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic ’til I’m gathered safely in
Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove
Dance me to the end of love, dance me to the end of love

Oh let me see your beauty when the witnesses are gone
Let me feel you moving like they do in Babylon
Show me slowly what I only know the limits of
Oh dance me to the end of love, dance me to the end of love

Dance me to the wedding now, dance me on and on
Dance me very tenderly and dance me very long
We’re both of us beneath our love, we’re both of us above
Dance me to the end of love, dance me to the end of love

Dance me to the children who are asking to be born
Dance me through the curtains that our kisses have outworn
Raise a tent of shelter now, though every thread is torn
Dance me to the end of love

Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic till I’m gathered safely in
Touch me with your naked hand or touch me with your glove
Dance me to the end of love,dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love

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3 responses to “Psalm/Psong for April 24 – “Dance Me to the End of Love” as sung by The Civil Wars

  1. Richard Howard

    A glorious statement on the meaning of Easter! I ate a stuffed egg this morning, just to experience vicariously the thrill of little kids all over the Western world who have searched for and found Easter Eggs. [Who started this quaint exposition on the deeper meanings of the Lenten/Easter season?] There’s your research project for today; meanwhile I can’t wait to read your earlier Easter piece left at the office! And today I shall be at church falling in love all over again with a swift bunch of people!

  2. falling in love with each other–what a great easter commentary. lovely. thanks.

  3. Amen, Amen. Loving is work, and it’s the best work there is.

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