The labyrinth has been a means of prayer and meditation since the first days of Christianity. By walking the path of a labyrinth, Christians found a safe means to fulfill their sacred pilgrimage vows when travel to the Holy City of Jerusalem was unsafe.
In a labyrinth, which is flat, one can always view the center, and so the mind can be still and attentive. The winding path into the center and back out again is a metaphor for the journeys of life and faith, as labyrinths are designed to help us find our way with God. As you walk the labyrinth, the journey is yours to take as you wish – or as you are led. The goal is walking (crawling?) with God through prayer – asking, seeking, and listening.
A video introducing the labyrinth (on 40’x40’ canvas) will be shown on Monday, Feb. 12, at 7:00 p.m. There will also be scheduled opportunities during Lent when the labyrinth will be set up for prayer walks in the Family Life Center.
For those wishing to go deeper, there will be a Tuesday evening (2/27, 3/13, 3/27) Lenten book discussion featuring Walking the Labyrinth: A Place to Pray, by Travis Scholl (ISBN# 978-0-8308-3583-6). If you would like Pastor Greg to order you a book, please let him know by Feb. 5 (gpculver@ mac.com).
For both church and community… All are invited to walk and pray.