2013-11-07 / Church

Today’s Meditation

Dancing My Prayers
From The Upper Room
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Dancing My Prayers

Read Psalm 149:1-4

David, wearing a linen ephod, danced before the Lord with all his might.

- 2 Samuel 6:14 (NIV)

As a Native American, I have the honor and privilege of carrying on the tradition of Native American dancing. Within each dance step runs a deep connection among my ancestors, those who live now and the generations to come. My spirit-filled dance gives honor and praise to God, while giving me a way to offer my prayers to my Creator. The dress I wear is called a jingle-dance or prayer-dance dress. The cones on the dress represent prayers. As I dance, each cone hits another and the prayers sing out their requests to God. Sgt. 1st Class Mitchelene Bigman gave me this dress when she returned from her first tour in Iraq. Her handwritten message said that the prayers on the dress were for the soldiers that served side by side with her and for the families of those who did not return home with her unit. She told me always to dance for peace and healing. Each time I dance, whether it be for a Native American ministry Sunday service, pow wow, or a gathering to share our Native ways, my tear-filled eyes dance with pride, as I honor the prayers of those I do not know. My dress reminds me that any act done in love on behalf of another is a kind of prayer.

Boe Harris ~ Nakakakena

(Delaware, USA)

Thought for the Day: Go to devotional.upperroom.org/blog to see a picture of boe in her prayerdance dress.

Prayer: Creator God, we thank you for hearing our prayers, in whatever language we offer them. Amen.

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