Thursday, June 24

Lights in the Darkness

labyrinth of lightThe Labyrinth of Light is a winter solstice celebration in Vancouver, British Columbia. Even though we're approaching the summer solstice, not the winter one, I found this picture haunting. Apparently the labyrinth was created with over 700 candles made of pure beeswax.

One of my favorite spiritual practices is walking a labyrinth. I haven't been able to do it in several years, but I remember the feeling of following a path that looks like it's going nowhere, but knowing there was a destination. My feet and my heart drew me ever closer to the center.

Unlike a maze where you lose your way, the labyrinth is a spiritual tool that can help you find your way. It's a walking meditation and a path of prayer.  It's a time to contemplate, to focus deeply, to reflect on who you are and on God.

When you reach the destination, you know that you've found where you're supposed to be. You've found your heart. Then, when you're ready, you step out to follow the world again. You can face it differently--with stillness and peace in your heart and a knowledge that God is leading you wherever you go.

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