Dancing in Worship

Have you ever watched a small child dance during worship?

Little children get caught up with the music and celebration. They prance and twirl in the aisle. And from where I stand during worship, at the front of the sanctuary, I get to watch people smile as they watch this child truly enjoy worship. I get the impression that at least a few people would like to dance with them. I know I would.

Worship (Photo credit: 藍川芥 aikawake)

Alas, children seldom do this beyond a certain age. We have a way of making older children aware of when their behaviors are considered childish and that mature people sit quietly during worship or that we follow certain scripted motions when the liturgist beckons the congregation to respond by: folding hands with bowed head, standing, or raising arms.

What if we had the freedom to express physically how the Spirit moves us absent any social constraints?

David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me in place of your father and all his household, to appoint me as prince over Israel, the people of the Lord, that I have danced before the Lord. I will make myself yet more contemptible than this, and I will be abased in my own eyes; but by the maids of whom you have spoken, by them I shall be held in honor.” — 2 Samuel 6:21-22 (NRSV)


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