Spiritual Practice


Heather Burcham, 22

Some things are easier said without words. When my heart is too full to form words in prayer, I put on music and move. Some of my most intimate moments with God are in my living room with the furniture pushed aside and a song by Bethany Dillon or Kirk Franklin blasting from my laptop’s speakers. My heart energizes my muscles to move through the space, my eyes are closed, and my heart is set on the Lord. I am a prayer in motion.

There is a time . . . for crying and laughing, weeping and dancing.
Ecclesiastes 3:2a, 4 (CEV)

Movement allows me to stop intellectualizing my prayer life and to acknowledge, to God and to myself, that I am human. The power is in the dance: lifting my hands or looking up toward heaven, falling to the ground in sorrow, jumping up to praise God with joy. Physical movements incorporated into my prayer life make my interaction with God feel more substantial. In good times and bad, my prayer becomes a dance before God.


PRAY A PSALM: Bring to the Lord your joys and sorrows. Choose a psalm that expresses your feelings. Turn on music and dance the psalm. (Look for psalms set to music at “Worship Anew: The Psalm Project” or try the CD Your Favorite Psalms Sung in English and Hebrew.)

—from devozine (March/April 2013). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.
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