“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2015 Lenten Labyrinth Walks 5/40, All Saints Episcopal Church – Gastonia NC:
I have not been here since 2013. And I’m here in the middle of what is still very much winter. There are big piles of leaves covering part of the path and an empty Hornets coffee cup.
I had forgotten about the butterfly theme. It is on the bench as well as on several markers. In addition there is a paver that says, “peace be with you.” And it is with those thoughts, the butterfly thing and the peace be with you prayer, that I am making my walk today.
This is one of the few abbreviated Chartres style labyrinths that I actually enjoy. I don’t know why, but it makes this one fun to be able to walk it in under 10 minutes and it is only 10 minutes off the highway. I can walk it very quickly. I noticed the pavers fit in the center perfectly. And the sun is setting and shining on my face. It was a nice thought to walk with.
I hear the birds and I see one soaring in the sky.
Most of the room rosemary around the boundaries are in good shape, however, there are two that are absolutely dead. There is a little work for the labyrinth keepers. I love that there are box gardens over to the side. I wonder who uses them. Are they community gardens with the food raised being donated? Or are they garden plots provided to members of the congregation.
And, of course, whenever I see rosemary …
OPHELIA: There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance; pray, love, remember: and there is pansies. that’s for thoughts.
And then as I leave , I read the garden’s marker: Dedicated to the memory of Sandy Hook … ‘Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.’ Matthew 5:8″