labyrinth is a unicursal path, one way in and the
same way out. It is not a maze. It does not trick
the walker. The labyrinth is a pre-Christian symbol
going back over four thousand years. We do not know
where the design came from and how it provides
sacred space. It just does.
labyrinth is a walking meditation. It is a means
for being with God. Some young people have a short
attention span when it comes to meditations or
prayer. The movement of walking a labyrinth helps.
be introduced to the three-fold exercise of
releasing those angers, hurts, or forgiveness issues
as they walk in; praying and receiving acceptance,
peace, or grace from God as they stand in the
center circle; and receiving guidance on the walk
out. They may also be encouraged to walk the
labyrinth without any intensions. Either way, they
are being with God.
space for allowing God to speak to young people
through labyrinths is my intention. Finger
labyrinths are available in the worship room for
those times a walk is appropriate in the story for
the day, i.e. Abram and Sarai leaving on their
journey. They are also available for times when the
entire world is walking in solidarity for a country
hurt by disaster, i.e. Haiti and Japan. When
finished with individual work, walking a hand-held
labyrinth, curled up on a pillow, is meditative.
Wooden, cloth, plastic, pewter, and sand labyrinths
are available in the room.
youth to make a three or seven circuit labyrinth as
well as a seed-sprout labyrinth is one means of
having them have access to a labyrinth at all
twenty-four foot canvas labyrinth is put down in the
fellowship hall and used during Vacation Bible
School and other times when wanted or needed.