The Dancing Preacher
“God created my inmost being. He knit me together in my mother’s womb.
My frame was not hidden from Him when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
His eyes saw my unformed body.”
Rev. Eyesha K. Marable was born with the passion to dance.
"God orchestrated that I be born into a family that would nurture my gifts.
My mom introduced me to the world of dance at the age of eight.
I was sent to the American School of Ballet to train.
Later I attended and graduated from the High School of Performing Arts.
Sure enough as she had hoped, dance helped to develop my character,
discipline and passion for life."
Years later, God has continued to open doors for Rev. Eye and make ways for her family and herself to embody their prayers and bible study. The word of God becomes flesh daily in each of them. They are a family that prays and dances together.
The manifestation of this family dancing together is based in the word:
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1
"...children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:13-14
Every morning they collaboratively pray a family creed that was established by her mom. They say this prayer, no matter what is going on.
Marable Family Prayer
Lord, this is your day. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Satan, the Lord rebuke you! The blood of Jesus is against you. Father continue to watch over and protect us as we go to and fro. Continue to open up doors and make ways. Let your will be done throughout our lives, in Jesus name we pray. AMEN!
Rev. Eye then personalizes the prayer as needed for each family member depending on what is going on.
This July, Rev. Eye and the Allen Liturgical Dance Ministry will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the GAC Worship and Arts Conference. This conference has played a pivotal part in the development of this family as a dancing family worshipping God. Eyesha and Ed were married immediately after the 2nd conference. When Ed first asked Eyesha out, his pick up line was: "Can we dance together?" She thought he wanted to go to a club. He knew to get close to her he had to do it through dance and worship. Dance has completely transformed Ed. He is a conservative reformed catholic, a lawyer and public defender. Who would have ever thought this extreme introvert would end up dancing before the Lord. Their dancing together led to their children being born into a dancing family. They named their children after characters of their dance experience together. Judah's name means PRAISE and Honor's name means worship. They have grown to embody their names. Judah, who is on his way to Rutgers University to major in dance, is truly praise and Honor is truly worship.
This family is a family after God's own heart. They use dance to communicate and worship.
Their primary communication, after verbal communication, is dance. It’s a place where they commune and socialize. Dance causes them to vacation together, evangelize, mission, and run a family business together. Rev. Eye frequently teaches on why it is important to wear proper attire when worshipping. Their business provides worshippers the proper Liturgical dance garments to minister in. Judah buys the garments, Rev. Eye brands and Honor sells.
"I dance because my actions always speak louder than my words. My body movement tells all about how much I love God. I was born to praise Him with my whole heart, mind, soul and body. In the secret place, God spoke it into the fabric of my being that I would worship Him in dance. As an embryo, my mom knew I was developing well when she felt me leap, twirl, twist and stretch inside of my first dance studio, her belly. She had no idea at the time that I would become an ambassador in chains, pursuing every opportunity to bring the word alive in the flesh." Rev. Eyesha K. Marable