Desert Day 14: The Labyrinth, A Metaphor For Our Journey …

The most important starting point in any definition of the classical labyrinth is a description of its physical construction. It is a single circuitous pathway, leading uninterrupted to a central position.
— Jim Buchanan from Labyrinths for the Spirit

There is one way in and one way out. There is a beginning and an end. He is the Alpha and the Omega. He is not only in the center, but the whole labyrinth is in him. We are not alone. Although at times it seems like I am journeying away from the center, I am actually well on the way towards it.  In fact, it is very true that as far as direction goes, I am often walking away from the center – away from the very place I am trying to get to – wondering how I will ever get there by doing that!  But experience has taught me – on the labyrinth and in life – that as long as I keep going, one step at a time, I can trust I will get there eventually.  It isn’t only about finding God in the center; it is about recognizing that the whole labyrinth – our whole journey – is held by God, in love. 
Kingsfold Retreat Center (original post)

 

We can let ourselves off that desperate question, ‘Am I in the right place?’  ‘Have I done the right thing?’  Of course, we must some-times acknowledge sins and mistakes and we must try to learn from them; but we should not foster the kind of worry that leads to despair.  God’s providence means that wherever we have got to, whatever we have done, that is precisely where the road to heaven begins.  However many cues we have missed, however many wrong turnings we have taken, however unnecessarily we may have complicated our journey, the road still beckons, and the Lord still ‘waits to be gracious’ to us.
— Simon Tugwell from Prayer: Living with God

 

When I tell people I have a labyrinth and that I walk it regularly, most have no idea what I’m talking about. They think a labyrinth is a maze, a place you walk into and then have trouble finding your way out. In fact it is just the opposite. A labyrinth is a place you go to get found.
— Sally Quinn excerpt from My Faith: How Walking the Labyrinth Changed My Life

 

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