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Please read Colossians 3:1-17 in your Bible.
In the fall I attended the symphony and ended up sitting behind this very tall gentleman. I had to look around him the entire time. Beside this tall and proper man there sat a couple. They were not dressed in the traditional "symphony-attending" attire. They looked quite casual and relaxed. They seemed to be free spirits. During the majority of the concert, they sat stone still like the rest of us applauding when appropriate.
When the symphony played their last selection for the evening, however things changed. The symphony played a piece by Tchaikovsky entitled Capriccio italien, Op. 45 (1880). It's a very lively number based Italian folk songs with an exciting concluding section. (It has a good beat and you can dance to it.) The "casual" couple were tapping their feet, bobbing their heads and rocking in their chairs by the time the piece ended. The tall, proper man was being shaken by all this activity, and he kept glancing over at them, as were most of the people sitting around them.
They didn't care. The "casual" couple allowed the music to move them. They didn't listen to convention that said such behavior just wasn't done at the symphony. They listened to their own rhythms and did what seemed natural to them. They probably enjoyed the music more than anyone there did. Tchaikovsky too listened to the music in the air around him in Rome as he composed this piece, and composed what seemed natural to him. A beautiful, moving work was the result.
What's the "music" by which we, the baptized people of God, live and move? It is the music that came with the promises of Baptism - the gifts of the Holy Spirit that are in the reading for today: compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, tolerance, forgiveness, and love that binds all these together. It is the music that God has embedded in your soul. As God's new creations these are our rhythms. These gifts are what come naturally to us. The result, then, is the abundant life filled with the joy of God's love and love for each other.
Pray that God will play the music of the Spirit's gifts loud in your soul so that you might dance to what is your natural rhythm.