Dancing to Celebrate God’s Fruits

Nine days of Christmas . . . surely it is time for some dancing . . . nine ladies according to the song.

As a matter of fact, the last four days of Christmas, according to the song, all draw on images of celebration–ladies dancing, lords leaping, pipers piping, and drummers drumming.

Tradition connects this day with the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit–that is, the results of being faithful to God: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-control.

When those are the hallmarks of our living, it is indeed time to celebrate! Just think what it would be like to behave in those ways all the time! And if everyone else did, too!

Maybe it is already true for you. I hope so. I know I have a ways to go.

But I dance, at least in my heart, knowing that having more of these fruits is always possible, because God wants me to have them in abundance. And God will help me obtain them, if I seek God’s help.

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Robin Hawley Gorsline

Robin is a poet (claiming this later in life) and Queer Theologian--reflecting a soul of hope and faith and joy and justice/shalom. He is happily married to Dr. Jonathan Lebolt (20 years and counting), the proud parent of three glorious daughters (and grateful to two wonderful sons-in- law and a new one soon!), and the very proud "Papa" to Juna (6) and Annie (3).

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