Monday, August 27, 2007

Walking a sacred path

Have you ever walked a labyrinth? For the next few days, perhaps through the end of this week, a labyrinth will be available in Stuart Hall at the Honey Creek Camp and Conference Center. To make certain that it is available when you wish to walk it, please call 912-265-9218.

The Labyrinth is an ancient meditation tool. In medieval times when pilgrims could not get to the Holy Land, the labyrinth became a substitute "pilgrimage" for them. Great cathedrals such as Chartre and Notre Dame in France had labyrinths built into the floor. Great churches such as King of Peace in Kingsland, Georgia, have labyrinths built into the floor.

The labyrinth pictured above is a hand-painted canvas. Please plan to walk it without shoes. It would be appropriate to walk it in a pair or socks or barefooted.

Never walked a labyrinth? Here is a simple suggestion: begin at the entrance and take your prayers all the way to the center and offer them to God. There are no barriers in the labyrinth. It is one continuous path. When you are finished praying in the center, walk back out the same way you came in, leaving your concerns in the hands of God, who knew you were going there before you did.

In peace,

The Rev. Linda McCloud
Founding Pastor
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek

1 comment:

Gary said...

What a wonderful use of 'sacred geometry' in worship! I'm glad King of Peace, Kingsland, also has a labyrinth available at times. It seems like a very powerful way to pray by spiralling in from our problems to the very centre -- Our Source and Creator -- then walking away in broadening circles from constriction to release and renewal.