March 30, 2015 by Renee Griffin
“You did it:
you changed wild lament
into whirling dance;
You ripped off my black mourning band and decked me with wildflowers.
I’m about to burst with song;
I can’t keep quiet about you.
God, my God,
I can’t thank you enough.”
Psalm 30:11-12 The Message (MSG)
The music paints a rhythm of beats and melodies. The couple twirls around the dance floor so close together they appear as one. The lead dancer holds her hand in a firm grasp while cradling her waist with his other hand. Steps and turns follow a pattern birthed from musical notes.
Effortlessly, the graceful dancers float across the floor.
In her book, Dance With Jesus, author Susan B. Mead, writes about dancing, but not in the way you may think. After suffering a tragedy that is the greatest fear of all parents, losing a child, Susan shares her story of transforming from a place of deepest grief to one of infinite grace.
How did she get there?
She danced with Jesus.
When I met Susan this past summer, it was a God moment. He had ordered both our steps so that in the middle of 800 women, we would stop directly next to each other in the hallway of a huge hotel.
Her magnetic smile beamed over at me like a spotlight.
I’d been talking to a new friend when somehow the topic of Texas came up. Susan, hearing the name of her home state, called out from across the hallway, “I’m from Texas.” Her sweet, soothing voice made me return the smile, and instantly we moved closer and began to make introductions.
It was there in that hotel hallway, she first told me the story of her son Kyle and the book God had given her to write about grief. I won’t give away the details because I know you will want to read it for yourself.
Little did I know then, our brief encounter would blossom and grow into a friendship the Lord had planned all along.
Today, as I write about our first meeting, her book that she’d only seen through the eyes of Jesus, is sitting next to my computer. The vision and mission the Lord gave Susan has become a reality. The pages He wrote on her heart are now printed on paper offering hope and healing to others through the power of Jesus Christ.
Dance With Jesus, is a short, power-packed collection of stories from Susan’s life where she faced great loss. In dealing with grief and accepting her loved ones were now dancing with Jesus in heaven, she learned to dance with Him here on earth.
Like a dancer, she moved from grief to grace allowing Jesus to be the lead.
When she couldn’t move, the pain pressing in, she followed His steps.
As the tears clouded her sight, she trusted His direction.
While her body was weak and drained from heartbreak,
she let Jesus hold her close and carry her.
The One leads.
The other follows.
The dance moved Susan from grief to grace.
Are you or someone in your life in a place of grief?
I’d love to share a copy of Susan’s book, Dance With Jesus, with you.
Susan graciously shared two copies with me. (Bonus: One is signed by Susan!)
If you would like a chance to win one of these books, please leave a comment under this post.
***I will have a very technical, super savvy drawing tomorrow night, March 31st, during her book launch. This drawing will include names on slips of paper being drawn out of a plastic cup by one of my children. Be impressed.