The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Watching God work

Mary Ward has found God's timing to be impeccable. Jeanne Blocher, the leader of Body & Soul, chooses the music and choreography for each 12-week session months ahead of time. But a song seemed hand-picked for one of Ward's students.

One evening, a new student appeared whom Ward did not get a chance to meet before class. The newcomer had more trouble than usual catching on to the moves.

One of the last songs included sign language. A profound change came over the newcomer as Ward and her students signed: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish by have everlasting life."

"Her whole face lit up," Ward recalls. Ward later found out that the student was hearing impaired.

"Throughout the class, the only thing she really 'heard' was John 3:16, and the beam that lit in her when she understood that was incredible to see," Ward says. "God placed her in that class, at that time, to have her hear that message."

"Jeanne didn't know how God was going to use [that song] when she developed the choreography, but God knew. It's just amazing to watch God work."


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