Walking the Labyrinth
At that time Jesus said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
"Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Matthew 11: 25-30 (NRSV)
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 14:6 (NRSV)
April McIntyre lives in England. The stone was damp on her bare feet as she entered the labyrinth. Breeze, moist earth, and birdsong stirred her senses as she walked her prayer in the enclosed garden of the retreat house.
Initially, the circuitous path drew close to the center of the labyrinth, but it quickly veered away into a tangles of loops. April began to wonder if she was ever going to reach the center; but as in life, our paths are rarely straight. The secret, in the labyrinth, is to relax into a slow rhythm, becoming aware of the movements of the Spirit. Suddenly, you'll find yourself at the center with space to reflect and be still.
The value of walking a labyrinth, like any pilgrimage, is not so much the journeying to find God as walking with God in the moment. AS April slowly placed one foot in front of the other, she could imagine Jesus patiently walking with her, inviting her to accept his gentle yoke for the journey ahead. What a reassuring message to bring back with her into her everyday life!
None of us knows where our paths are leading, but we can trust Jesus, our Savior and friend, to guide us. He is our way.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, place your yoke upon us, and help us to walk lightly with you today, for we ask this in Your precious name. Amen.