From Diana Page
Sir, — I enjoyed the article “Barefoot worship” (Pastimes, 12 November), about Indian dance as worship. I have danced, choreographed, and taught simple movement as prayer and worship and community enjoyment since the 1970s in some London Anglican churches.
Privately at home, we can lift our worship in adoration with movement, bringing a moment of freedom of heart and mind and a channel of giving and receiving with God. God loves us as a whole person, no matter our size or shape, condition or age. Sometimes we cannnot find the words.
Groups and demonstrations of dance as worship prepare prayerfully as an expression of personal faith, and seek to avoid any sense of performance. We are taught in scripture that we are God’s “workmanship” and a “Temple of the Holy Spirit”; so there is no need for self-conciousness. In a group situation, there is a special fellowship as we join hands to dance in God’s name.
I believe that if we let God guide our thoughts, imagination, creativity, and all that we do, he will direct us in ways that honour him.
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