Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Valse (Waltz)

Daddy and I
Photo by DramaticElegance
The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in His love, He will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. ~Zephaniah 3:17

I am a dancer.

I suppose that my dancing abilities come with the musical theater territory...as well as attending a high school where swing dancing was the movement of choice.

It also may have something to do with my jazz musician father and musically-inclined mother slow dancing together  in his office to Frank Sinatra records...seeing them dance together at school functions...watching them share a dance in the corner on my wedding day.

My mom is a willing follower...my dad is more than a joyous leader.

It's one of my earliest memories: standing on my daddy's toes while he taught me the simplest of waltzes next to the stereo system in his office, him counting in my ear while my tiny five-year-old fingers clutch his large paternal hands.

It's a memory that follows me to this day...and shall continue to do so all of my life.

It's a memory that came to culmination on my wedding day...holding my still tiny nineteen-year-old hands against my daddy's slightly wrinkled palms, his tux contrasting with my white dress as we cried together to the tune of Cinderella. 

Is it not so poignant then to know that our Father dances over us?

My daddy showed me how to form the steps...my Daddy forms them over me.

My daddy counted out the rhythm in my childish ear...my Daddy counts my breaths and knows them all.

My daddy taught me how to dance.

My Daddy taught my father how to dance.

You dance over me / While I am unaware / You sing all around / But I never hear the sound / Lord I'm amazed by You / Lord I'm amazed by You / Lord I'm amazed by You / How You love me / How wide / How deep / How great / Is Your love for me. ~Amazed, Jared Anderson


  1. Your daddy has the most wonderful memories of the days turning into years of dancing with his Rachel! The wedding day dance becomes a memory to cherish and uphold as the Father waits for His Son to dance with the Bride!

  2. Aww, this is so sweet! Very beautiful <3

  3. @Anonymous (aka Daddy): It was so great to have that date with you yesterday. Like it said in Captain America, you taught me to wait for the right partner. And I did. You're an amazing daddy, and I love you so much.

  4. Awww...what a lovely post. Your beautiful, Rachel! That picture of you and your daddy brings tears to my eyes. What a sweet memory that must be<3
    Dancing is such a beautiful thing.:)


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