Spiritual Practice


Heather Burcham, 21

As I walk out onto the floor, getting acquainted with the open space, I feel nervous. But as the music begins and I start moving through the slow warm-up, I get outside my head and let my body do the work. I love dancing. Using my body in a holistic, creative, and disciplined way reminds me that while I am an artist, creating beauty through dance, I am also the art created by God’s hands. My body is God’s, and I am glorifying God through dance. God set art in motion.

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? . . . Therefore honor God with your bodies.
1 Corinthians 6:19–20 (NIV)


God was the first to use color, painting the sky, the earth, the universe, and everything in it. God created everything we see and sculpted our bodies from the clay of the earth. God created the principles of music, the vibrations of our voices, the sounds that result from striking, plucking, or blowing into an instrument.


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Our participation in the art that God has created brings glory and honor to God. By making the most of the resources God has given us, we bring beauty to a world that God created to be beautiful. As I dance, I give glory to God, giving thanks for God’s precious gift of art.

How do you participate in God’s creativity? All creative types are needed.

—from devozine (March/April 2012). Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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