[Full disclosure: I have been compensated for writing this post.]
We all have our own way of worship and prayer. Josh does too. Some people doubt that people with Down syndrome or other intellectual disabilities can really have a relationship with God, but one summer day, Josh put my mind to rest.
During a day of outreach, our church went to a local park for a picnic. When the music came on, Josh got right up and started dancing.
Afterward, he told me “My dance is my prayers.” I hadn’t asked, he just offered the explanation. The thing that gives him so much joy is his way of communicating. It made perfect sense. My advice to anyone looking to include someone with an intellectual disability into their church would be to work on building a relationship with the family and let the individual tell you how they choose to worship. Here’s a good article for further reading on building a disability ministry, even in a small church.
Music can be an important link for anyone wanting to worship. In a new movie “HILLSONG – LET HOPE RISE” we get to see how a youth ministry in Australia turned into World-famous Christian worship band Hillsong United.
In this clip from the film, band member Taya Smith talks about learning how to worship.
We never know how we will be used or when. We just have to be open to the opportunity.
Here’s a brief look at this amazing story.
The movie will be in theaters on Friday, September 16th.
Whether you’re dancing at a church picnic or in a band whose song (Oceans, Where Feet May Fail) had a chart record of 61 weeks at No. 1, music can be your prayers too.
If you get a chance to see HILLSONG – LET HOPE RISE please let me know!