The labyrinth is an ancient Christian symbol of Christ’s leading us towards the goal or vision he has placed in our hearts. At times, we appear to get close, only to be led away again; at times, following means being obedient even when it doesn’t appear to make sense. Unlike a maze, there are no dead ends – the path leads to its goal, though the route is indirect.
Trace your finger along the labyrinth. (You can click on the image to enlarge it.)
As you do, bring before God your day, or the season you find yourself in, with its twists and turns, and give yourself again to the One who says, “Follow me!”
Freely receive, freely give:
I led a group of people in this prayerful exercise yesterday. One of them fed back to the group that she hadn’t been able to trace the path, despite trying a number of times. At first glance, she had seen Jesus’ bowed head in the circle at the labyrinth’s heart; his arms, outstretched on the cross, also in its design...and, unable to proceed, was struck that the path to resurrection life must always lead first to the cross, and the death of the very goal or vision Christ has placed in our hearts.
It was a profound and beautiful moment.