“And what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness
and to walk humbly with your God”
“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46
Why Walk a Labyrinth?
A labyrinth walk is a spiritual journey, connecting us with God who walks with us every step of the way, and invites us to draw close and walk with God every step of our lives. Unlike a maze, a labyrinth is not a puzzle; it is a path to be walked.
Walking into a labyrinth is a symbol of entering into something, opening ourselves up to the presence of God. Walking a labyrinth serves as a reminder that God wants a relationship with you in Christ. It serves as a way of remembering that God is with us always. It is a time out from the world and a way to connect with God. As in prayer, sometimes you may come looking for an answer or you may simply to be open to what comes.
One approach is to think of the walk as a three-fold path:
THE WAY IN: Release. The way in is a time of letting go.
AT THE CENTER: Receive. Rest. Take as much time as you need. Stand or sit. There are benches provided.
THE WAY OUT: Return. Follow the path back out the way you came in. This is a time of integrating your time with God in devotion and prayer and continuing your walk with God into the world.
The Labyrinth is open to everyone, as is this church who hosts it. We hope that you will come in and join us for worship and Bible study! (worship service offerings are on this website, click here)
What is a Prayer Labyrinth?
The labyrinth is a spiritual tool serving as a walk-centering activity for the human heart, mind and soul. (Plan at least 20-30 minutes or more as desired).
A labyrinth has a single, purposeful path that winds from the edge into the center. The same path leads back out to the edge again. Thus, it resembles the indirect path of our lives, which leads us sometimes into the center of the human condition, sometimes into the heart and mind of God, sometimes into the very core of illness or pain, sometimes into the focal point of epiphany, enlightenment or understanding.
Some things to keep in mind:
Pause at the threshold of the Labyrinth,
Allow about one minute between people as you enter the labyrinth.
Let go of the details of your life as you step into the path of the labyrinth and move toward the center.
Become aware of opening your heart and quieting your mind, the time to get ready to listen for God.
Let your body assume the pace it wants. As you walk, breathe naturally; become aware of your breathing.
Some people do not really get a feel for the labyrinth experience until they have walked it at least three times.
The center is a place and a time for illumination, meditation and prayer. Stay in the center as long you like. Allow yourself to receive guidance, insights.
The process of retracing one’s steps to exit the labyrinth provides an opportunity to integrate your insights into your daily life.
There can be a sense of union, clarity, strengthening, and healing in your relationship with God, self, and others… or just a sense of peace or joy.
Prayers and mantras may be helpful before, during or following your walk.