Walk the Labyrinth

During this time of isolation and uncertainty, you might be encouraged by walking the labyrinth. The outdoor labyrinth is located in front of the main entrance to the church. It is open to people of all denominations and faith traditions 24 hours a day, seven days a week, weather permitting. Of course, these days, you should wear a face mask and maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other people.
The labyrinth at Peace Lutheran Church is the classical eleven-circuit labyrinth. The most well-known example of this type is embedded in the floor of Chartres Cathedral in France. The Chartres labyrinth dates from sometime between 1194 and 1220. Like the spiritual pilgrims of the middle ages, seekers today enter the labyrinth on a quest to deepen their relationship with God. The labyrinth is a metaphor for one’s own spiritual journey through life. The labyrinth winds along a single path leading in one direction. The circle it forms symbolizes wholeness and unity.
Walking the labyrinth is an act of worship and prayer, in which we focus our entire body, mind and heart on God. We walk the labyrinth to renew our relationship with God, to give thanks and praise to God, to pray for ourselves and others, to strengthen our faith and to gain hope for the future.
The walk follows a basic pattern. Walking the long winding path to the center encourages you to relax and let go of the stress of everyday life. This helps quiet your mind and focus your thoughts, allowing a deeper part to come forward. The center is a place of prayer and meditation. Enter with an open mind — receive what is there for you. As you leave the center and retrace the path that brought you in, you are gradually moved back out into the world. The walk out integrates the insights you have received into your daily life. You arrive at the same place you started. And your journey continues in the world.
Here is a basic guide to walking the labyrinth:
• Walk at your own pace.
• When you reach the center, stay as long as you like.
• When meeting someone on the path, pass to the right.
• Don’t try to predict your experience. Receive what is there for you.
• You may want to repeat a particular prayer, Bible verse, or poem to yourself as you walk.