Journeying In Faith, Enjoying God’s Presence
The earliest Christian labyrinth on record was built in a 4th century at the basilica of Repartus at Orleansville in Algeria. Through the ages Christian communities have used labyrinths as a method of prayer, contemplation and communion with God. The Saint Andrew labyrinth was constructed in 2012 and is intended for use by all who seek a deeper awareness of God. The Lynchburg News & Advance wrote this 2012 article about the labyrinth.
Suggestions for your walk
First and foremost, there is no right or wrong way to walk a labyrinth. Every walk and every walker is unique. Some thoughts:
Pause at the entrance. Breathe gently, quieting your mind. Silently or aloud express your intention.
"Be still, and know that I am God!" Psalm 46:10
Release - As you walk, slowly let go, ignoring all distractions both around you and inside of you.
Focus on the next step, not the center of the labyrinth. Be present in this moment.
“I am the God of your father Abraham; do not be afraid, for I am with you…" Genesis 26:24
Receive - When you reach the center, be still, open your heart and listen. Rest with God for as long as you like.
Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being,
"And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom" Psalm 51:6
Renew - When you are ready to leave, slowly return and “Walk into the newness of life.”
Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” John 20:21
The Art of Living Lovingkindness
Respect the sacred space of others by observing silence.
As you meet others on the labyrinth journey, step aside taking cues from them; nod, smile, pass.
If your pace is faster than another, step into a parallel path rather than try and pass.
The labyrinth is open to all during daylight hours.