‘I Hope You Dance’

‘I Hope You Dance’

A dear friend and coworker of my husband died yesterday. Her name is Marcia. If you pronounced her name as you would that of the oldest daughter in the Brady Bunch, let’s go back and get it right. She pronounced it Mar-CEE-a.

She wasn’t Catholic, but she sure was a strong Christian—an inspiration to this lifelong Catholic. When someone used the Lord’s name (not in prayer) in her presence, she’d say, “Call on him.” Her faith was such a vital part of her whole being—at work, at home, at church, and beyond. She made no attempt to hide it and spoke freely about it.

Gift of Song
Marcia had the gift of song and shared it with others. She and my husband worked together at a community college in Cincinnati. Marcia has sung an inspiring song at the college’s commencement for several years. The one she’d shared in recent years is “I Hope You Dance,” a crossover country-pop song written by Mark D. Sanders and Tia Sillers, and recorded by country singer Lee Ann Womack with Sons of the Desert.

Marcia sang this song at commencement just six weeks ago from a wheelchair—unable to physically dance herself. I invite you to watch her performance, her prayer, for the new graduates. Such life! Such joy! Such a giving heart!

Marcia, I hope YOU’re dancing now!

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About the Author

Joan McKamey has served in many capacities in her 15 years with Franciscan Media. She is currently the managing editor of Catholic Update, a monthly publication for adult faith formation of individuals and small groups. She also draws on her years as a parish catechetical leader in her columns for the monthly e-newsletter Faith Formation Update. She is married and is raising a teenage daughter.