Our culture seems to have chronic “attention deficit disorder”. In such a frantic environment, it is all too easy for our vision to be blurred, making us unable to see what is around us. We often become numb to what is deep inside our souls. We forget to pay attention to what brings clarity, and look through the lens of what is most important and meaningful. This is not a sustainable way to live. Our vision is too often blinded in the blur of things. And it has been said more than once, “where there is no vision, the people perish.” (Proverbs 29:18) Trying to live this way is like wandering in the wilderness, seeing only a world that is “profane.”
But there is a better way. Prayerfully walking the labyrinth is one of those many ways. The labyrinth can provide a place of prayer pondering… a holy ground that can help us slow down to truly see, and hear.
This Sunday, August 16th, come join us for holy conversations over lunch, and if you are able, stay for a “mini-retreat”… a time to search the depths of our sacred journey together. In this time you can simplify, settle into your soul, and be truly present to where you are and what your next step might be.
Our life-giving, faith journey is not really about what we see or where we are. Actually, it is much more about how we see. Paul said some pretty extreme things when he wrote, “pray always” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) and have “the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2:16) He seems to be telling us to pay attention to how we see.
Here is a wonderful quote by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin that invites you to consider how you see:
“By virtue of the Creation and, still more, of the Incarnation, nothing here below is profane for those who know how to see. On the contrary, everything is sacred. . . . Try, with God’s help, to perceive the connection–even physical and natural–which binds your labour with the building of the kingdom of heaven; try to realize that heaven itself smiles upon you and, through your works, draws you to itself.”
Won’t you join us in the journey…?
Here is a labyrinth walk at a United Methodist retreat center in Alexandria, Louisiana (I’m playing my flute as the birds sing along…;-)