Every second Friday I help out at a Music and Movement program for 0- 5 years olds. Some Fridays I channel my primary school teaching days and present the program - dancing and singing and generally leaping about the place with enough enthusiasm for it to well and truly count as my exercise for the day!
It’s not my core business as such but it is one of the highlights of my working week. The littlies are just so engaged, so ‘in the moment’. They are completely given over to the joy of music with its diverse patterns and pace.
I watch a baby grinning and clapping her hands in delight while mum bounces her up and down in time to the music.
I see a toddler totally absorbed in some crazy dance moves that can never be replicated and probably shouldn’t be for the general safety of the public!
I watch a three-year-old earnestly trying to copy the actions of a song and two other children just laughing and laughing as they dance with each other round and around.
And it reminds me of this quote from Rubem Alves
“Hope is hearing the melody of the future and faith is dancing to that melody in the here and now.”
As a person who follows Jesus my hope is for a world in which all human beings and all creation are restored to the good relationships and purposes we were designed for - no more death or crying or pain; no injustice.
As I watch the children dance I am reminded to stop long enough to hear the melody of the great hope we have for a beautiful future.
With remembering comes fresh resolve to look for opportunities in my week to dance to the melody of this good future.