Sabbath Meditation, Picking You Up Off the Floor

Shalom all, Shabbat is approaching. If you are Jewish or Torah-observant, I hope your table is lovely and your family or your guests are ready to meet with God at the dinner table. For my Christian friends who do not keep Shabbat, I pray your weekend is lovely as well.

I just came back from a writer’s retreat in Colorado. I made new friends and added a lot of insight for future writing projects and even for my synagogue sermons. The writers’ group was led by Serendipity House, producers of small group discussion materials for churches. Check them out at They are changing to a new paradigm, writing materials designed to foster spiritual transformation instead of just information.

Anyway, this Sabbath meditation is adapted from a writing exercise I did for Serendipity House. The session started with a video. The video panned an old warehouse in the city and moved inside to a dark room which the viewer slowly realizes is a dance studio. It is dark and depressing.

The staccato voice of an angry, old man shrieks out commands repetitively. The aged instructor berates his student, demanding more from him than he can give. The dancer is a well-muscled male who looks like a professional dancer, but he cannot please this maniacal instructor. Sweating and straining, he eventually falls to the floor exhausted. And as he lays there, the angry instructor gives up on him and leaves.

He sits for a few minutes, discouraged, knowing he lost his job for this show. Then the camera pans to a woman who has been watching the whole time. She too in an instructor. She kneels down to the floor where the dancer is. She lifts his dejected face to hers. She says,

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6 Responses to Sabbath Meditation, Picking You Up Off the Floor

  1. Susan says:

    Shabbat Shalom. Glad you had a good trip. Yes I was a very bad alcoholic and drug user most of my life. I was in and out of treatment facilaties and jails. Nothing worked. Finally, one night I was literally laying on the floor, too weak to even sit up, and I cried out to God. He swooped in immediately and gave me that peace that passes all understanding that everyone always talked about, but I never knew. I havent taken a drink or drug since and have no desire for it whatsoever. So yes, I can relate with that video you watched. He has cleaned me up and changed my life. He is my King now and I gladly attempt to be His humble servant. God is wonderful. After all the horrible things I had done to myself and others, He still showed up and picked me up off that floor. Amazing.

  2. pbandj says:

    shalom derek

    very encouraging. it reminds me a lot of the “lump” video done by rob bell. anyway, i think story telling can be very influential to teach transformation rather than information. thanks for the post.


  3. robin says:

    How did god clean you up and change your life? And how did your desire for drugs go away?

  4. Susan says:

    well Robin all I can say is you had to know me and know how bad of an alcoholic and drug user I was. I’ll try to explain, I was laying on the floor and I starting crying out to Yeshua and Hashem for help, I told Him that I was too scared to live and too scared too die and that I didnt want to go to hell. A calmness and peace came over me, and I felt strength and soberness, all the times before when I tried to stop drinking I had the DT’s real bad, my body shook and violently ill, well I didnt experience any of that, it was truly a miracle. You just had to of known me and see who I am now and you would know I am telling the truth. Every time I look at alcohol or smell it , it makes me sick, and I always say ” God must of put a double whammy on me cuz I cant stand to be even around the stuff” Ha. anyway I hope I made myself clearer.

  5. robin says:


    Thanks for writing back, I have a drug problem, you where on the floor one time and you stopped and thats it?
    send me your e-mail and we can talk more, dont want to do this on dereks blog



  6. Susan says:

    Robin, don’t get me wrong, I had been praying about my addictions for Years. I had prayed to God many, many times about it. I had been an alcoholic/drug addict for over 20 years. I can’t speak for God but I’m going to try to tell you what I think happened. Like I said before even while I was praying to God for help all those years I was at the same time going into different rehabs and 12 step programs over the course of my addiction. Was thrown in jail numerous times also. But I kept praying. I personally believe that God had to let me go through all that so that when He finally did heal me, I would have absolutely no doubt in my mind that it was Him and Him only that delivered me from the addictions. Do you know what I mean? Like if He would of gone ahead and cured me the first time that I prayed to Him about my addictions, He probably knew that I would end up thinking that I did it myself, or the rehabs helped me or something and not acknoledge that it was He who healed me and no one else so that the eventual miracle that happened could (and is used) to glorify His name. Or maybe he knew how weak I was and I absolutely needed a miracle because I wasnt strong enough to do it on my own. Like I said, I can’t speak for God. I only know that that evening after many years of crying out to Him, he answered and healed me completely. If you still want to get in contact with me, leave your email address on this blog. Hope I helped.

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