The thing about a Prayer Labyrinth is the intentional nature of the walk.
You move station to station.
You walk slowly and thoughtfully. As it was designed. For prayer. Haltingly. Moving with purpose.
Trust me I tried to almost run it once.
And while we do not have a Prayer Labyrinth where I live, there are principles to that slow prayerful walk that we can apply.
The Prayer Labyrinth – Montreat
Walking, waiting, breathing, heart beating, approaching the labyrinth of prayer.
Soul searching, silence healing, the Spirit meeting me inside the labyrinth of prayer.
Tall trees sheltering, suns rays sweltering above the labyrinth of prayer.
Benches beaconing, God is welcoming me, to walk out the labyrinth of prayer.
Hearts desires, longings laid at the cross, remaining in the labyrinth of prayer.
Hurt, pain, transgressions tossed into the pond, lying within the labyrinth of prayer
Running down mountain, breathing, heart leaping, grateful to the labyrinth of prayer.
Summer solace has been sought, and again I will seek peace, at the labyrinth of prayer.
I cannot live within a Prayer Labyrinth but I can choose to walk more slowly.
Be be more present in the moment.
Place my heart squarely in the middle of the life I am living.
Clean out the corners and cobwebs, making the path clear and uncluttered.
And seek God at every twist and turn of this life journey.
Counting Gifts as a Lenten discipline with Ann Voskamp and others:
* An unexpectanted visit from oldest man/child.
*Having that first born sleep under my roof and precious conversation where he shared glimpses into his future with a momma who wanted to know
*waking up to songbirds
*the Patient One proclaiming that the azaleas have buds so Spring is here (and I cautioned the whole lion and March paradox)
*the sun is out
*lunch plans with my boy
*Joyfully and expectantly praying over springbreak travels for college age children
And in an effort to declutter and Spring clean, moving out stuff from here to there today. Making room for the new, the fresh, the renewed.
2 Corinthians 5:17 —Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it!
Ecclesiastes 3:11—He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men…….