Body Prayer

September 18, 2007

Last Sunday at The Journey, in the middle of leading worship through music, I led a body prayer which I made up to focus on time, change, the past, the present, the future:

Assume a running position.
Become aware of your body.
Feel the energy in the balls of your feet.
Feel how odd it is to stay in this position without moving.
Feel your back foot ready to push off.
Your back foot brought you to where you are now.
Shift forward. Feel the weight centering on your front foot.
Realize that soon, everything shifts and your front foot becomes the back foot.

The love of God
Which did not wait for us to come to him
But instead came running to us:

That same love of God is on the move
The love of God invites us to join
In the joy of the run

Pushing off from the past
Leaning into the future
We press on toward the goal

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

9 responses to Body Prayer

  1. BWAHAHAHAHA! Are you serious??? What kind of corny crap is that? So how many people do you think won’t come back to your church next week?

  2. Hello Jess. Maybe you had to be there. Do you pray or meditate?

  3. Yeah, I pray, although I’m not sure how to answer the meditate question as I’m not sure how you would define “meditate.” If by meditate you mean doing stuff like the “body prayer” you wrote about with a group of people…then no…and I have no interest in doing so. I’m sorry but just trying to picture it makes me chuckle. Personally, someone up on a stage trying to make me “strike a pose” would completely take me out of the worship experience.
    I gotta know…how did it go over with the crowd?

  4. I think I would define “meditate” as focusing on God, without asking for anything. It’s nothing new, followers of Jesus have been doing this for millennia. As I explained, we pray with our bodies all the time — try to pray without your body!
    Yeah, one person told me afterwards, “Oh no, he’s forcing me to do something.” But as she did it, she said she experienced something real. I was surprised by the number of people who thanked me.
    Since this was probably a brand-new thing for everyone there, I broke the ice when we did the pose by telling them that they looked like dorks! 😀

  5. Hmmm…interesting. Well, to each his own I guess 🙂

  6. Jess, since it’s “to each his own,” you might consider:
    – learning more about classical Christian spiritual practices (like Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster)
    – learning how you meditate. You probably already do, albeit accidentally. 🙂

  7. cool stuff – thanks for sharing that jon!

  8. You bet, Doug. Haha, did you find this through BlogRush?