Desert Wisdom: “Easting” (3)

The practice of turning toward the East is also a way of reminding ourselves that our commitment to live our lives in Christ is a new orientation.  We are turning from the darkness and turning toward the dawn.

It is an actual use of the body to represent Paul’s words, “If anyone is in Christ, he or she is a new creation.  The old has passed away, the new has come” (2 Cor. 5:17).

Apart from the various spiritual values to be found in the practice is also the question of how we symbolize our commitments by the ways we actually use our bodies as expressions of our faith.  Bowing our heads, folding our hands (or raising them), closing our eyes, and sitting still are not merely isolated acts, they are symbols of the condition of our soul and the consecration of our hearts to Christ.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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