“I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack
40 Days of Country – Song #19 – Lent 2016
It might come as a surprise to many that Lee Ann Womack’s career has spanned almost twenty years, with six studio albums and multiple CMA and Grammy awards. The surprise is not a knock on Womack’s talent, however, as much as it is an acceptance that most fans know Lee Ann Womack solely for her 2000 mega-crossover hit, “I Hope You Dance,” which has currently sold over two million copies as a single alone.
With lyrics like, “I hope you never lose your sense of wonder,” and “I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,” the song is an anthem of hope for children and adults alike. Meanwhile, lines such as “I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance, and “Never settle for the path of least resistance,” offer an encouraging sentiment of drive and determination to pursue one’s dreams.
Womack, herself, has stated that the song really was intended for her children. There is something beautiful about the naive innocence of youth that Jesus also picked up on. In Matthew 18:3-4, Jesus teaches, “I assure you that if you don’t turn your lives around and become like this little child, you will definitely not enter the kingdom of heaven. Those who humble themselves like this little child will be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” Faith truly is an incredible thing that can’t be explained the way our culture sometimes demands, but may we never lose our sense of wonder.
Lord of the Dance, may our faith be so true that we aren’t afraid to dance before you in life, a little reckless, a little carefree, and completely filled with hope in your love and grace. Amen.