Archive for October, 2018

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Oct
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10.27.18 … trunk or treat and uniclying monsters and a just a pile of rocks labyrinth …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2018 Labyrinth Walks, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Mission Campus – Newton NC:

So the directions on the World Wide Labyrinth locator took me to the church itself, a lovely old Lutheran church with red doors. But the note clearly states that the labyrinth is on the mission campus, a mile and 1/2 south on Startown Road.

As I drove south, I passed a large field and had to circle back around to get to the Mission Campus. I pulled into the parking lot and there were a group of kids, all boys, practicing unicycle riding. I headed across the field and asked one of the parents, toting a unicycle, about the labyrinth. The woman responded with directions and a caveat: it’s just “that pile of rocks over there.” I’m assuming she did not want me to be disappointed. She said that I could cut across the field, quicker, or take the path.

I chose the path, and was delighted to see what was meant by the signage that told me that this was a “prayer path.” Along the path through the woods, there were nine stops, each with a sign with a portion of the Lord’s Prayer, a bench and a birdbath or other yard art.

The labyrinth is a rock labyrinth (rocks on sand) and is a full 11 circuit Chartres. I was delighted.

A group of the unicycling boys was hiding in the woods and jumping out at anyone who came to find them. They warned me. 🙂

The walk was pleasant enough. Albert thinks I’m crazy, and since there was a crowd at this mission campus, I could not let him sit by himself.

I was very impressed with the facilities at the mission campus. A large covered picnic area with a great playground and this wonderful labyrinth. Hospitality at its finest and a gift to this community.

It was about a 30 minute drive to get here from downtown Charlotte. As I drove up Highway 16 and then on the back roads into Newton NC, I noticed it almost every church, including St. Paul’s Lutheran, had on their marquee, “trunk or treat!“. I think it is interesting that some conservative Christians have taken offense to Halloween, while others, especially in this part of North Carolina, have used it as a an opportunity to serve their members, their families and their community.

Quote for today …

“Hospitality, biblically, is not only the way we express God’s love. It’s also the way we encounter God.”

Source: Hospitality on the Way | Sojourners, https://sojo.net/articles/hospitality-way

10.27.17

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Oct
18

10.27.18 … even if you feel nothing, see nothing …

Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2018 Labyrinth Walks, Morning Star Lutheran Chapel, Mathews NC:

It has been raining for a day and today it is blustery and wet again.

I’m spending the day visiting labyrinths. I had considered a day drive to Asheville to see the fall leaves, but I don’t think today would be a good day.

So here are a few shots of this favorite labyrinth.

And since I did some research this summer on Julian of Norwich and am a bit melancholy today, I found this in my saved quotes file:

“Pray, even if you feel nothing, see nothing. For when you are dry, empty, sick, or weak. At such a time is your prayer most pleasing to God, even though you may find little joy in it. This is true of all believing prayer.” – Julian of Norwich

10.27.18

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Oct
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10.15.18 … “I believe that appreciation is a holy thing–that when we look for what’s best in a person we happen to be with at the moment, we’re doing what God does all the time. So in loving and appreciating our neighbor, we’re participating in something sacred.” ― Fred Rogers

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2018 Labyrinth Walks, Myers Park Baptist Church – Charlotte NC:

There was still lots of debris to be cleaned up in Charlotte from Michael and Florence, streets, driveways, yards and, yes, even this lovely Labyrinth at Myers Park Baptist Church. I saw two full tree removal crews removing downed trees. Queens Road near Myers Park Methodist was closed down in both directions.

It’s cooler today and there are twigs and many acorns. I kept hoping to see a squirrel or two scampering across the labyrinth to collect a few.

I actually got off my path today. I must’ve been focused on the acorns and not the turns.

A yard crew is nearby blowing and sawing …

And my enneagram class was interesting. Today we discussed twos, the helpers. Paul started by asking me to focus on someone I loved … at the end I felt my love relations are all complicated.

And a nice quote :

“I believe that appreciation is a holy thing–that when we look for what’s best in a person we happen to be with at the moment, we’re doing what God does all the time. So in loving and appreciating our neighbor, we’re participating in something sacred.”

― Fred Rogers

10.15.18




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