Sunday, July 26, 2009

Make a Joyful Noise

Make a joyful noise. - Psalm 100

The other day I was taking some time out of my sewing to catch up on some of my favorite blogs and I came across something amazing over at Heather's Mindless Junque.



The video made me think. How do we define a joyful noise?

It also made me realize that the older I get, the younger I get. What do I mean by that? I was a very serious young person, not ever letting loose and really feeling joy. I didn't know who I was and spent alot of time being what I thought other people wanted me to be.

My hope is that as we all get older we shed those bindings that keep us from feeling free and joyful. I don't want any crabby senior citizens out there. They exist, I know that for sure but I'm determined not to be one of them. I'm determined to open my heart to young people and their exuberance.

What do you think? Is this wonderful? Is this disrespectful of the somber wedding tradition?

I don't think so! I think is one of the most joyful expressions I've seen in a long time.

The story behind it is that the bride is a dancer, dancing her whole life and through college. She's always wanted to dance up the aisle. Her fiance thought it was a great idea. They shared the idea with their parents, who were apprehensive but didn't try to stop them. They practiced for a hour and a half. Kudos to the pastor who agreed.

If you look closely towards the end of the video, you will see the grooms grandmother (very, very old) clapping her hands and bouncing to the music. Hooray for her!

Here are excerpts of the lyrics from Forever by Chris Brown. (I know, I know..... controversy surrounding him, but this isn't about him).

It`s you
And me
Movin` at the speed of light until eternity

We can go anywhere
But first, it's your chance
to take my hand.
Come with me.
It's like I've waited my whole life
for this one night.

Feel like we're on another level
It's like our love's intertwined.
We can be two rebels
breaking the rules.
Me and you.
You and I.

Dancing forever,
forever, forever.

Congratulations to Jill and Kevin. I know some of my blogging friends would love to be at that wedding.

One would wear her purple tutu and another would don her red dancing shoes!!!

Joy - find some for yourself. Do something fun. Dance like no one's watching. Cut your hair. Buy red shoes.

We only got one life.


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Kitty said...

A wedding should be a happy occasion--not the stressed out, everything's-got-to-be-perfect thing it has turned into these days. Of course I believe that wedding vows are to be taken seriously but the wedding itself should be a joyous, fun time and you can see that the bride and groom were obviously so happy about their wedding day. If their dance up the aisle was a clue to what their future is going to be, they will experience much joy in life as well as give joy to those around them.

Vee said...

That kind of joy is contagious! I hope that anyone who might've thought they wouldn't give the time to watching the video will change his/her mind. It seemed like the perfect expression for this couple. Dance has always been a part of Jewish tradition and Old Testament worship so this was great fun to see. Thanks, Suzanne!

Anonymous said...

Those people are going to die of humiliation and embarrassment in about 15 years when they look at those videos again.

If one is going to pull that sort of stunt, the very least one needs is a competent choreographer.

Ugh.

CB

georgie said...

Everyone was having a good time, there was no disrespect to the actual vows. It was a CELEBRATION of two people who wanted to share their joy with their loved ones. May their marriage be forever full of laughter, love and respect.

Anonymous said...

I'm sitting here with my Sunday morning latte in a puddle of tears laughing and crying for the pure JOY of that video.

Thank you for sharing it...

Now I'm going to go out into the world and share my smiles.


A visitor from Cote de Texas blog.

Anonymous said...

Churches are not dance clubs.

It was retarded.

Thirkellgirl said...

I thought it was wonderful, too, and was surprised I thought it was so wonderful, because I've been pretty buttoned-down re: weddings/church behavior. They're happy and they're young and they SHOULD dance! Yay!

Thirkellgirl said...

Sheesh, where did the grumpy anonymous posters come from? Phooey on them! Yay for dancing!

AH said...

It obviously wasn't meant to be a Broadway-quality showcase, and whoever thinks that is missing the point... Weddings are always the most memorable when the ceremony/reception *actually* reflects the spirit of the couple rather than some unthought-out scripted event... What a fun group of friends-- no wonder it was such a web sensation!

Suzanne said...

Anon - I thought of that also, re: dying of humiliation, but thinking back, I'm mortified looking at my own wedding pictures. My HAIR!!!! Donna Summer gone wild. We got married in judge's chambers and I was wearing a lightweight gold color linen suit....what was I thinking??? It was December! The fashion police were kind enough to stay home that day.

And the other anon....you're right church is not a dance club but I was raised in a church that was so uptight and repressive... nothing was allowed. No movies, no slacks, no smoking, no drinking, no swearing and certainly no dancing. There was also no joy and I never for a moment felt God's presence in that repressive atmosphere. I guess that's why my friend's black churches always appealed to me. They sang and danced and got animated and expressed themselves openly and freely.

All comments and thoughts are welcome. We all have a right to what we believe.

Suzanne

Owens Family Adventures said...

I had tears in my eyes by the end. What a wonderful way to celebrate the love of two people. If you start off your life together dancing and laughing wit friends and family around you....probably end up that way as well!
Thanks for the smile. :)
dawn

The Blue Ridge Gal said...

This was so beautiful it made me cry. We should all have a wedding that expresses the true feelings we are experiencing that day and this wedding certainly did just that..

Di
The Blue Ridge Gal
(make a joyful sound)

Anonymous said...

I'm anonymous too but certainly not as uptight as my namesake who thought that was not appropriate. Weddings should be joyful events but they are usually so somber (until the reception after the ceremony.) I laughed till I cried. I wish I had been there.

Mim said...

This just has to make you smile doesn't it? I love it! What a great way to show everyone how happy and joyous you are to be marrying each other.

Mim said...
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LDF said...

Normally I hate church weddings. The big procession is usually so serious and everyone looks like they're stilt-walking to the gallows. I would LOVE to have been at this wedding! Heck, I would love to have been the bride at this kinda wedding (but my stuffy church-going family would have disowned me much earlier ...)! Thanks for sharing this!

Farmchick said...

What a wonderful expression of love, hope, and joy between the people getting married. Suzanne, thanks for posting this. My 8 year old daughter watched it (a few times) and thought it was just the best thing. I hope she has that type of joy in her heart when she gets married some day.

Liz in PA said...

This is truly a Happy and Joyous Occasion..the wedding of two very Special People!
Wow<----I would love to have been there to attend and smile at their Freedom to Express their Emotions with all their guests.
This even made the nightly news!

The Cowgirl said...

I've seen this video multiple times...and it makes me smile every single time. I was a serious child and teenager as well. I was grown up the day I was born...and now I am determined to age backwards. I don't want my son to miss the joy of life...and so we sing and dance and play all the time :)

Leslie T. said...

I love this video. These people are so happy and full of life. At first I did think about the sanctity of marriage and the purpose of the church service, but then I thought, this is great... they're not doing anything disrespectful, they're celebrating this marriage. I think it's wonderful, and SO joyful. They choreographed it and didn't just flop around in the aisle. It was done very tastefully. They should have had at least one purple tutu though. :)
I was "old" and serious until I was about 35 years old. And then, well, I've been making up for lost time ever since. Living life the way it should be.... dancing and singing and wearing plenty of foofy and frilly costumes.
Life is good.

Lisa said...

I LOVED it! Sappy as it is, I had tears in my eyes. No, it was not traditional, but to me it was better. As soon as the music started and the first guys started dancing up the aisle, I bet every person in the church had a smile on their face. When we marry, we should have joy. To think that there should be no dancing in church! I think God loves it when we dance and are full of love and joy. What will we do in heaven? Sit still as a stone? I bet there's dancing there :)

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