The Christmas Dance beautifully retells the stories of beloved Bible characters, revealing how they danced with God to usher in the birth of Christ, how they moved with Him on earth, and how God invites each of us to follow His lead into the full purpose for our lives.
The Bible contains hundreds of accounts about people whose roles demonstrate the differences of being willing or unwilling participants in the story and the dance.
Who can forget Daniel, the interpreter of dreams, who translated difficult instructions written on dance hall walls and later demonstrated how to skillfully two-step among lions with temporarily locked jaws?
What about Mary? Certainly she’s not going to accept. After all, she is promised to someone else. Still a bit stunned, Mary asks, “How can this be possible? You see… no one has ever danced this way before!” If we cup our hands to our ears, we can almost hear Mary humming a sweet melody and the soft progression of her footsteps as she walks onto the dance floor.
Regardless of your age or the choices you have made in life, you are always welcome to accept God’s invitation. As He draws you into His story, you may find your heart longing for a deeper relationship and intimate conversation with the One who knows you better than you know yourself. He is the divine author who has the ability to create and recreate, to write and rewrite, to sweep you off your feet, and place you into a heavenly dance that goes on throughout eternity.
The choice is yours. Will you accept His invitation to dance?
ABOUT KAY HORNER
Kay is married to her best friend and partner in ministry, Perry. She loved working many years primarily as a “domestic engineer” and volunteer about town. When their daughter Emily and son Ben grew up and decided to leave the nest, Kay didn’t allow a bleeding heart from her severed apron strings to silence her song. Her volunteer position at their local pregnancy care center transitioned to the role of executive director of the ministry. A passion for the sanctity of human life and restoration of lives wounded by poor choices is one of the reasons she loves inviting people into an intimate relationship with the One who knows us better than we know ourselves. He is the only One who has the ability to rewrite a life story with His healing touch and redeeming power.
Having served as a pastor, teacher, and keynote speaker for conferences, Kay’s evident love for the Word of God is woven throughout The Christmas Dance. She also thoroughly enjoyed providing Christian education insights on World Impact television and was privileged to visit the “dance venues” of biblical narratives while taping programs in Israel and at the Seven Churches of Asia, located in modern-day Turkey. Kay authored a supplemental study guide to accompany the World Impact series, entitled Today’s Church, and her articles have been included in SpiritLed Woman, Charisma News Daily, Prayer Connect, various magazines, and two women’s devotional books entitled Cherished Moments and More Cherished Moments.
Another desire of Kay’s heart is to see the body of Christ—His church—unite in praying, caring, and sharing with those who have not joined “the dance.” Honored to have a role in kingdom networking through the ministries of the Awakening America Alliance and Center for Spiritual Renewal, she has worked with the organization that spearheaded the Azusa Street Centennial, which united 50,000 people from 114 nations of the world to celebrate this 1906 revival and anoint the next generation to go forward in the power of the Holy Spirit. Kay was blessed to assist with America for Jesus, where 20,000 believers gathered for dynamic prayer and worship at Independence Mall in Philadelphia.
Although the Awakening America Alliance initiatives, such as the Cry Out America 9/11 prayer movement, Upstream Strategy leadership summits, and Preach2Engage ministry resources, keep her very busy these days, Kay still has fun spending time introducing her granddaughter Lillian to the Singer, the Song, and the delight of dancing in time with Creator’s melody. She believes when we align our hearts with the Divine Conductor through prayer and His Word, we become more accurate reflections of His image described in John 17:22–23: “The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.”
"The Christmas Dance is another book about faith and your relationship with God.
In our life it’s easy to forget our faith. This is a great book for the family to read together and reconnect. It’s a great starting point for many conversations as well.
It has a ribbon bookmark that you can use to keep your place. Perhaps you can read a bit of it every night with the family.
It’s also a great book to bring out every year when you bring out your holiday decorations."Gina
Oretha Winston – Lead Editor, Elev8
"Thank you so very much for this beautiful, sensitive, powerful little book you wrote about "Dancing with God and partnering with Him in His choreographed history".
This book is beautiful; a thing of the heart, and will minister to many and call many others to The Dance who do not think they like to dance.
I will treasure it and share it. You are quite an author and your big heart for God and for His Church comes across very clearly in it."Dr. Jay, California
Created as narrative beings, we love a story. I witnessed this anew when I became “Gaga” for the first time. Even before she was two years old, our granddaughter Lillian could sit literally for hours if someone would read her “bookts,” as she called them. She had already learned to say, “Once upon a time . . .” Those familiar words make our ears perk up and our hearts begin to race. Just give us a hot cup of coffee or a delicious latte, a cozy chair in a quiet room, a good book, and we are happy.
We are also relational beings, longing to be loved and to love others in return. Because we were created in the image of God, who has always been and will always be in a Trinitarian relationship with His Son and Holy Spirit, our ultimate fulfillment is found in joining their ongoing love community.
Perichoresis is the theological term used by the early church fathers to describe this oneness or interpersonal communion. A combination of two Greek words simply meaning “to give way” or “to make room,” it could also be translated “rotation” or “a going around.” Consequently, some have compared this divine interplay to a dance. Jesus’ high priestly prayer was that we would be one as He and the Father are one—not one person but one in essence (John 17:21).
The Christmas Dance is about God’s story and His invitation for us to join Him not only in the narrative of salvation history, but also in this divine relationship and ongoing communion. The story began before the foundation of the world, but through creation, He invited us to become characters whose lives are intricately woven into the storyline. The Bible is full of accounts about people whose lives demonstrate the differences of being willing or unwilling participants in the story and the dance.
Adam and Eve decided to rewrite their chapter, impacting everyone’s storyline throughout time. Yet a merciful heavenly Father provides opportunity to alter our narrative by accepting the invitation reissued through the life, death, and resurrection of His Son—Jesus Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of our dance cards.
Regardless of your age or the choices you have made in life, you are always welcome to accept His invitation. As He draws you into His story, you may find your heart longing for a deeper relationship and intimate conversation with the One who knows you better than you know yourself. He is the divine Author, who has the ability to create and recreate, to write and rewrite, to sweep you off your feet, and to place you into a heavenly dance that goes on throughout eternity.
Will you accept His invitation?