Ecclesiastes 3:1a, 4 (NIV) says "There is... a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance."
When my daughter was small, she attended dance classes weekly. It was fun to watch her perform doing something she loved so much. In the beginning years, the dance steps were simple and a bit hesitant, trying to mimic the teacher at the head of the class. As she progressed through the years, new steps were added to the ones already learned and so on until the moves became like second nature.
Our walk with the Lord is comparable to dance. We may start out shaky, not sure of the path, but with Jesus in the lead and us following, we trust the Him to guide our steps and choices, trusting in Him even when we may not understand why.
In the midst of all that is happening in your life and in the world, try placing your feet flat on the ground and your hands on your lap in an open, receptive position.
- Breathe in your fear, discomfort, anger, sadness, grief.
- Breathe out all you want for yourself, your family, your friends, your world.
Ask your child...
What kind of movement inspires you to do your best?
When has movement brought you closer to God? To other people?
Challenge your child...
Think of ways to serve God by dancing or using other talents to express God's love to others.
Make a list of emotions and the body movements that express them. Let the list guide your prayers as you seek to cultivate the "holy body moves."
Dear Jesus, help me to keep my eyes on you as I dance through the highs and lows of life. Direct my steps in all that I do. Amen.