March 6: Dancing with God


Lenten Devotion: Dancing with God

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Dancing with God
2 Samuel 6:12-15

“Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before God with all his might.” 2 Samuel 6:14

Dance. It’s a word that can fill us with freedom and longing. Or, it can fill us with anxiety and stress when we focus on the quality of our dancing. The old adage “dance like no one’s watching” can often easier be said than done.

I have no idea if David was a good dancer or not, but the quality of dance was never really what it was about. David was dancing with all his might; he was all in. He was committed to expressing his emotions through the use of his body. I believe he knew that sometimes there are things that are too big for words. When words fail us, our body remembers.

The spiritual practice of dancing with God has long been a way for me to pour out my heart to God. It is a way for me not just to celebrate the joy like David but also to voice my sadness, my confusion, the groanings of my spirit that are too deep for words.

But dance doesn’t have to be just choreography.  Fingers dance over the keys and strings of instruments. Hands dance over clay, sculpting and forming. Pencils and crayons dance over paper, telling stories with pictures. Eyes dance over a picturesque landscape or notice the birds and leaves as they dance in the wind, soaring through the sky.

So this Lent, may you find your dance. May you listen for the ever-present invitation. And may you go all in, living in the freedom and love that is dancing with God.

Katie Brendler
SFTS MDiv Senior