“I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people …….. to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.” Isaiah 42
Some time ago, God revealed to me that he wanted me to ‘set the captives free’ and I came to realise that a prison is not necessarily four walls and a locked door. It could be a wheelchair, an addiction, depression, spiritual oppression, physical disability, or poor mental and emotional health—anything that stops us living life in the abundance that God desires for us.
When I became a Christian in 1999 I feared I might be expected to give up dance. Then my Housegroup leader asked me to lead the group in worship dance. I had never heard of this so I did some research and discovered the Christian Dance Fellowship of Britain (CDFB), which supports and encourages dance and creative movement as an expression of Christian faith.
Often it’s only with hindsight that we can see God’s plan for our lives. Early in my Christian walk, a wise woman told me that we should hold our gifts lightly—they are God’s to give and take away. When I gave my life to Him, I gave Him dance too, and He gave it back to me many times over.
I have been teaching and leading dance workshops for Christian groups and Churches for 15 years now, encouraging others to worship freely and abundantly as well as using movement to deepen and strengthen their spiritual communion through reflection and prayer.
It is not appropriate for me to prosyletise in my DMP work, but nevertheless I know that I take the Light with me into dark places, and the Spirit equips me to be His hands and feet, reaching out to those who are hurting.