The Grove Word Prompt: Dance

Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message) Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.

Could there be anything sweeter than little children, captivated by the catchy rhythm of a tune, swaying and dipping without a care in the world? Their arms stretch out wide, they make the moves up as they go, and everyone around smiles and claps.

But as adults, we often stand at the edge of the dance floor of this life because we don’t know the moves. We don’t want to mess up when all eyes are on us, so we stay hidden.

But there’s a better way.

There is freedom in stepping on to that dance floor (whether literally or figuratively) and learning to relax into the unforced rhythms of grace. Grace that comes from knowing to whom we belong, knowing the forgiveness that is available when we mess up. Grace in trying and failing, finding healing along the way as we trust and throw our arms out wide.

This week we have stories from our writers about the impact of dance in their lives- whether that is taking a dance class, free-styling it with their family members, or understanding the rhythm of relationships. What has dance meant in your life? How are you learning to live lightly and freely?

Link up your own posts this week at The Grove, and share all of your dance-related thoughts on Instagram with the hashtag #VelvetAshesDance!

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