Armenian dancing, the Portugese Chamarrita and some fresh new Latin sounds have populated the dance floors of my most recent weddings. I don’t think of our little town as being very culturally diverse; and yet it is.
As a DJ I am invited to share dance and celebration. It is a party. A feast. Everyday. And this month, with no special advertising, I have toured the world. I love the world. I want to see it.
St. Augustine is quoted as saying, ” The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.” It seems that from Twin Falls, I am getting some much needed reading in.
To further my quest for travel, today I went literally to the girl next door (rather across the street) to shop the world. I met my neighbor who was setting up for her yard sale and she shared her story with me. Her ex-husband was a traveling musician and she would enjoy spending his tip jar on clothes and treasures from the areas they were visiting.
So I bought some of her memories today.
The world has now danced it’s way into my closet.
I own a batiked dress from Indonesian and a bright green pair of Hindi Shalwars, or trousers, with a matching kurta. I also picked up some silk scarves that I am sure traveled from afar to bring me the fragrance of adventure.
One last treasure. . . I bought two small beaded lanterns from a distant place that will be perfect to light the way for a (heavenly) wedding processional that is coming soon.
Somewhere in the hustle and bustle of the mundane, I am again reminded that I am a sojourner on this planet, destined to reside on a heavenly mountain, partaking in a truly divine feast that will destroy the shroud that enfolds all people and covers all nations.
ISAIAH 25:6-10 The Message (MSG)
6-8 But here on this mountain, God-of-the-Angel-Armies
will throw a feast for all the people of the world,
A feast of the finest foods, a feast with vintage wines,
a feast of seven courses, a feast lavish with gourmet desserts.
And here on this mountain, God will banish
the pall of doom hanging over all peoples,
The shadow of doom darkening all nations.
Yes, he’ll banish death forever.
And God will wipe the tears from every face.
He’ll remove every sign of disgrace
From his people, wherever they are.
Yes! God says so!