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Body Prayer

Body Prayer

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Today’s Reflection

Pray with Your Body

CELEBRATING THE FEAST OF THE INCARNATION ought to involve, at least to some degree, praying with our bodies, allowing our physical home to express its spiritual dimension. To begin, consider how you learned to pray. Many children are taught a simple prayer gesture of putting their hands together before them, palms touching. Make that gesture now, as you read. Does that posture feel more reverent? Does it carry a trace of the childlike trust in God you first knew?

Today’s prayer experience will consist of an entirely wordless prayer using a series of gestures you can add to as you feel led.

First, stand with your hands clasped in front of you, fingers about as high as your nose. Bow at the waist, with your hands in front of you, recognizing the presence of the Divine.

Stand upright again. Slowly open your hands into a bowl shape, lowering them as you open, as if you were receiving something placed into your hands.

Then pull your hands apart, stretching your arms at your sides as if preparing to receive an embrace. Raise your arms over your head, palms out, in a gesture of blessing or benediction.

Then slowly sink your hands back to your chest, bringing them back into the clasped starting position. Repeat this series of movements several times as you feel comfortable.

– Melissa Tidwell
Embodied Light

From pages 16-17 of Embodied Light: Advent Reflections on the Incarnation by Melissa Tidwell. Copyright © 2013 by Melissa Tidwell. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Pray with your body as described above. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

“Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”
Luke 3:5-6, NRSV

This Week: Pray for those without homes. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

Prepare for Advent

Explore how nativity sets, Advent wreaths, candles, carols, Christmas cards, and other traditions help prepare our hearts for the God “who bends low to enter our world and our lives.” The Living Nativity, a new book and eCourse by Larry Peacock, is available now.

This week we remember: Ambrose (December 7).

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