anne_mikolay_120I don't usually pay much attention to anything that is posted on you-tube, let alone write about it, but when I received an email link to the you-tube video, “JK Wedding Entrance Dance,” I sat up and paid attention. Heck, I boogied in my seat!

JK Wedding Entrance Dance” is a video of the June 20th wedding processional of Minnesota couple Kevin Heinz and Jill Peterson, who transformed a “stuffy” wedding tradition into a free-spirited expression of joy as the wedding party literally danced down the aisle (the groom somersaulted). Chris Brown's “Forever” replaced Mendelssohn's “Wedding March” as bridesmaids, groomsmen, bride and groom, twisted, twirled, shook, and boogied their way to the altar.

My initial “are they insane?” reaction to the video quickly faded, and I found myself smiling. I have never seen such uninhibited joy unleashed inside a church! Some viewers of “JK Wedding Entrance Dance” might criticize the wedding party's' behavior. After-all, a church is a sacred house of reverent devotion, not a dance club, and thus, they may say, no place for “shaking one's booty.” True, I suppose, but personally, I applaud newlyweds Kevin and Jill Heinz for uniquely expressing and sharing their joy.

Our society all too often regards a wedding as nothing more than an excuse to party. We forget that what happens inside the church, not at the reception hall, is what truly matters. When you receive a wedding invitation, you are being asked to witness two people joining together in matrimony, and that is far more important than the cocktail hour. Kevin and Jill Heinz transformed their wedding procession into a true “alleluia moment;” their happiness was infectious. They threw up their hands, danced and wiggled, and made a joyful noise in God's house. Good for them! There is enough sadness and sorrow in the world. Why not seize each and every opportunity – even a wedding – to sing out with the innocence of children? There would be a lot more people in the pews on Sunday if church-goers were encouraged to do so. Of course, we shouldn't go to church to be entertained, but a little bit of uninhibited spirit, a little  dancing every now and then, surely couldn't hurt.

I encourage you to view the “JK Wedding Entrance Dance” on you-tube, and when you do, remember Psalm 100:1-2: “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs.”

Make a joyful noise!