The tambourine with metal disks only makes music when someone moves and shakes it, reminding us that we can celebrate and praise God with our own movement. . . . Dance! Dance in any way you can—tap your toes, bob your head, shake your whole body. We can praise God with our bodies by dancing. Tap your foot while you do dishes, invite your spouse or child to dance in the living room. Boogie in the yard or slow dance in your bedroom.
—Kara Lassen Oliver, Passing It On: How to Nurture Your Children’s Faith Season by Season (Upper Room Books, 2015)
How does dancing makes you feel—free or embarrassed, joyful or self-conscious? Join the conversation.
Then the prophet Miriam, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand. All the women followed her playing tambourines and dancing.
—Exodus 15:20, CEB
Prayer for the Week
Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep;
Thy angels watch me through the night,
And keep me safe till morning’s light.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
This week’s featured book, Passing It On: How to Nurture Your Children’s Faith Season by Season, is a practical guide to help parents, grandparents, and other concerned adults nurture their children’s faith. Author Kara Lassen Oliver offers easy-to-follow suggestions for families during the back-to-school, Advent, Lent, and summer seasons. Read more.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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