The Labyrinth is an age-old sacred circle leading one on a single path to its centre. From that centre – which typifies our centeredness in Christ – one returns to the outer gateway and reentry into life.
Walking the pathway lends itself to prayer and meditation. Many people find it helpful to reflect on a simple spiritual truth, or by praying the Psalms. In the reflective silence one often finds expression for those experiences too painful or joyful for words.
The reflective pilgrim who enters the winding pathway of the Labyrinth subtly discovers a rhythm and flow that is a picture of the spiritual journey. At times the pathway takes a person close to the centre only to be led once again to the periphery of the circle. (Much of this was copied from the King’s Fold Retreat & Renewal Centre, where I first prayed the Labyrinth).
At the mouth of the Labyrinth was a pile of stones and bricks; retreatants are encouraged to pick up a stone, hold it until a burden they are carrying can be identified, and then proceed. As one starts, one begins to feel its weight grow heavier with each step. When one arrives in the middle, leave it there – giving it to Jesus.
May you enter my prayer of that first walk into the Labyrinth:
In the shadow of a pine, or a castaway boulder
that had taken years to grow, or glaciers to move,
I am found in your sight at every bend in the road
and am reacquainted with the rhythms of your love
(who are You to me?)
Every curve in the path
Every hill in the journey
Every forest through which I cannot see,
Lead me on, lead me on
Just to be with you, and reveal who You are to me.
No longer dew in the morning, or new on the trail
I have long since left home shores behind,
Now coming closer to twilight in the late afternoon
I am reacquainted with the rhythms of your love
(who You are to me).
(February 23, 2013)