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2.25.20 … “May each person who is lost trust the path. And may each person walk this labyrinth, discovering an openness of heart and spirit, recognizing that we all walk the Path of Life together.”

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2020 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (0/40), Shrove Tuesday, 2020 Labyrinth Walks, Avondale Presbyterian Church-Charlotte NC:

It’s Shrove Tuesday so my walk today doesn’t count. However, I generally begin my Lenten Walks at Avondale’s Labyrinth, and since I will be inAtlanta tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, I decided to get in a walk here today. This will be my ninth year of Lenten Labyrinth Walks. So this is 0/40 walks. I don’t get to count it, but spiritually Im getting something, so here goes…

Avondale is a perfect place to begin. It seems late for the Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday, and I have seen blooms all over Charlotte and Atlanta but today nothing is in bloom, except maybe the moss. Does moss bloom?

I have used this quote before. My Paris guide Donna Morris (“My Best Friend in Paris“) posted it one year.

“”Lent is about finding “the still point of the turning world” — the still point around which the world is turning, turning around you”. – Bishop Whalon at the American Cathedral.

So today, I’ll begin to find my still point. I feel like I’m a different person this year, this, my ninth year. I’m more relaxed about starting the practice and more open to finding my still point. I have more tools, more spiritual practices to draw upon.

Observations: it’s very wet, jackhammers in the distance, fountain running, bright green of moss on the Labyrinth … otherwise no signs of spring.

I am anticipating pancakes … and I’m on a diet … As I walk, I’m eating oatmeal, part of the diet. That’s a first.

Afterwards I went to TMBS where we discussed The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For and Believe by Richard Rohr. Our leader asked us to take a quote from the book or a quote each week and contemplate that quote each day. So here is one for this week:

“God is not bound by the human presumption that we are the center of everything, and creation did not actually demand or need Jesus (or us, for that matter) to confer additional sacredness upon it.”

I also rediscovered this 2008 article about Sally Quinn and labyrinths: Charmed Circles: Becoming a Believer, https://www.oprah.com/omagazine/charmed-circles-becoming-a-believer/all#.XlPiCWfE59s.facebook

[Sally Quinn] asked everyone to write down something that was an obstacle in their lives. Then we threw the notes into the fire. At the entrance to the labyrinth, I said: “May each person in pain find comfort. May each person who is broken find healing. May each person who is hungry and thirsty find they are filled. May each person who longs for peace find serenity. May each person who is challenged find strength for the demands ahead. May each person who is lost trust the path. And may each person walk this labyrinth, discovering an openness of heart and spirit, recognizing that we all walk the Path of Life together.”

And then I traveled to Georgia where I shared Shrove Tuesday pancakes with my sister and brother in law.

And to end my day, I received a book that I bought just for the title, The Lenten Labyrinth: Daily Reflections for the Journey of Lent. I wonder what I will discover …

Be still …
2.25.20


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