Today’s verse: Jeremiah 6:16 (NRSV)
“Thus says the Lord: Stand at the crossroads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way lies; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.”
How do you spend time with God? Is it in bed before you get up in the morning? Is it a slow walk in nature? Attending church on Sunday? One of my favorite ways to spend time with God is walking a labyrinth.
For me the labyrinth is a walking prayer. It is a time for me to slow myself down and focus on the moment. It is a very special time of meditation and reflection. It is a way for me to open myself up to the Divine, a time to feel the Spirit.
There are endless ways in which one can experience a labyrinth. Basically you pause for centering and prayer before you enter the labyrinth. Then you start walking, following the path and finding a pace that is comfortable until you get to the center. Then you walk back out. There is no right or wrong way to walk a labyrinth the path is winding and you can pause or stop along the way.
I love watching my feet as they follow the path and just letting go of everything that is weighing me down. When I get to the center, I like to pause and surrender everything that I am carrying in a prayer. As I walk back out I invite God to fill me with his desires for me. I go slow and I take long slow breaths. I imagine the Spirit filling me and flowing through my body as I breathe in and I mentally let go of my negativity as I breathe out.
When I finish my walk with God, I feel centered, refreshed and refocused. I usually like to just sit and spend some time with all of my thoughts and emotions. It is good.
On April 5th 2019 there will be a Labyrinth set up at First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton, from 1-8pm.
Everyone is welcome. I invite you to join God and I for a little walk.