Posts Tagged ‘2013 Lenten Labyrinth walks

15
Apr
14

4.15.14 … It was a dark and stormy night … “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at him.”

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2013 Lenten Labyrinth Walks, finger labyrinth (35/40):  Well, some says are quiet at home days …

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Mark 12:17

And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at him.

And on a personal note …

24 years ago today on a  dark and stormy night, just like last night, I ventured to the hospital, and by mid morning,  that dark and stormy night had turned into a glorious day and John and I were holding  a beautiful baby boy, our first-born.  We have had a multitude of glorious days since that Easter morning 24 years ago.  That baby is backcountry skiing today.  We miss him!!  (And of course I checked his weather this morning … 17 degrees … So I ask,  are you sure you don’t want to live in NC??)

 

20
Aug
13

8.20.13 … birds gone wild …

“Solvitur  Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2013 Lenten labyrinth walks,  Myers Park Baptist Church – Charlotte NC:

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Birds going wild …
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Children coming out of preschool …
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Peaceful walk contemplating the end of summer.   I love the center of this labyrinth.  the stone center was quarried from Chartres FR the same quarry that the stones for 12th c. Cathedral were quarried.
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Blessings …
19
Aug
13

8.19.13 … IT MAY BE HARD ALONG THE WAY … IT’S THIS FEELING I GET WHEN BLUE SKIES TURN TO GREY … FEELS LIKE I’M WALKING IN THE RAIN …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2013 Lenten labyrinth walks, South Tryon Community Church:

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I keep waiting for them to “redo” this labyrinth.   It has been mowed since my last visit, but no one has weeded it or returned the brick boundary markers to their proper place.   So after several false starts, I pulled up the Chartres pattern on my phone.
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But still I stumbled, got muddy and mosquito bit.  There was a lesson there, somewhere.
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For the first time in a long time the church’s groundskeeper, Rabbit, did not appear.  I really appreciate his presence, so he was missed.
By the end, I was calm but resolved to become a labyrinth keeper a seek others.
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Blessings!
31
Mar
13

3.31.13 … Christ is risen, indeed! …

t”Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2013 Lenten labyrinth walks, Avondale Presbyterian Church – Charlotte NC:

Rain … actually heavy rain. But the church was ready … and the chairs were set up under the covered entrance to the fellowship hall with a straight on view of the columbarium in the Sacred Garden. A very nice plan b.
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The Highland Piper crossed our path in full regalia … where did he go?
Before the service began, the ministers introduced themselves and shook hands as they walked out to the front.
The Highland piper played “Amazing Grace.”
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At this sunrise service the word I heard over and over was “creation.” From the scripture that was read … Mark 16: 15:
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
And then I heard repeatedly, “Christ is risen!.”
Dr. John Earl asked us to focus on “sounds,” to listen to creation, to hear and see things in creation beginning with resurrected Christ. And he concluded, ” Creation is laughing. In every cemetery, creation is laughing. Listen to the laughter you find in creation.” (paraphrased :))
The service concluded with another bagpipe tune … and Dr. Earl encouraged us to walk the Garden while he was still playing. I, of course, walked the labyrinth!
After I walked, Rev. Jane Summey Mullennix called me over to share coffee. It was great fun to talk with her about the service and labyrinths!
Christ is risen, indeed!
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29
Mar
13

3.29.13 … Blessings and peace on this Good Friday … It is finished … …

“Solvitur  Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2013 Lenten labyrinth walks,  Myers Park Baptist Church – Charlotte NC:

I’m going to take another late afternoon walk. (In case you’re wondering, it’s 5 PM and 62°, very overcast.) I guess I really do like it that we have changed to daylight savings time. 🙂
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I was very sad as I walked today.  My favorite mum left us yesterday.  I have big hole in my heart and can only imagine how her husband,  her 5 children and  many grandchildren are feeling as well as an army of assorted other family and friends. She always teased me that I grew up on her kitchen counter.   As her daughter says, “she had an indomitable spirit!”
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Blessings and peace on this Good Friday … It is finished.
PS.  Meet Little Bear, the old dog,  and the puppy is a Chesapeake and Chow mix.  These two wait patiently as their master walks the labyrinth everyday at the end of their walk.  What a nice way to end a walk.
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28
Mar
13

3.28.13 … walked together through the last hours of Christ’s life …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2013 Lenten labyrinth walks, Sharon Baptist Church:  

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The church grounds are noisy with workers preparing for Easter services.

It’s Maundy Thursday, and I am just beginning at age  50-whatever to understand what Maundy Thursday means. It’s interesting that my childhood and early adult faith walk avoided any concept of this day. 
 
Although still  unseasonably cool, 50 degrees at 2 pm, I very much appreciated the time to walk and to have that closeness with God.   I also am very grateful for the sun!
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An aside … I attended my church’s Maundy Thursday and the Service of Tenebrae (we walked together through the last hours of Christ’s life.)  Beautiful music and service ending in darkness.  Very moving.  I will do it again next year.
 
Blessings!
27
Mar
13

3.27.13 … what a difference a little sunshine makes …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2013 Lenten labyrinth walks, Avondale Presbyterian Church – Charlotte NC: 

Chimes … I now expect to hear them when I arrive.  🙂
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As a child, I would spend hours with a friend named Laura playing  at the base of a large of oak tree on Brighton Road  in Brookwood Hills. Every time I walk by this wonderful oak tree as I enter the Avondale’s Sacred Garden, I think of those hours and Laura.
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And thank goodness for the sunshine. I was beginning to feel like my 2013 Lenten  labyrinth walks were a burden.  What a difference a little sunshine makes.
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25
Mar
13

3.25.13 … enabling us to to look out from Time, our prison, on to the mercy of Eternity, our liberty …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2013 Lenten labyrinth walks, Finger Labyrinth@home:

I cheated.  There … I said it. I used my finger labyrinth at home. I went out earlier today, and it was overcast and cold. By the time I returned the sun was beginning to come out,  but it was still cold.

I truly planned to go out again because it became a beautiful cold early spring day, but one thing led to  another,  and I was still here so I decided to use my finger labyrinth.
It does not have the same effect as a walk, but it does have some value.  I had to slow down and with effort work through my usual meditation litany.  I am actually quite pleased with my “walk.”
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Anyway,  I focused on John 1:9-13 which states:
9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
“He gave the right to become children of God” … what does that mean?
I also thought about this quote from Malcolm Muggeridge’s Jesus:
This was the theme of his life, the essence of the drama he lived out in order to guide all who came after him in the ways of truth; to give us hope in our despair, and light in our darkness, enabling us to look out from Time, our prison, on to the mercy of Eternity, our liberty.
Peace and grace.
23
Mar
13

3.23.13 … in like a lion, out like a lamb? …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2013 Lenten labyrinth walks, Sharon Baptist Church:  

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What’s up?  I remember the saying, “March: in like a lion, out like a lamb?”  Well,  this one is definitely in reverse, and I’m not happy. Yuck.
As I’ve noted before about this labyrinth, when it is damp it is very difficult to distinguish between the path and the borders. The pavers become the same color when wet.
Lots of birds and they appear to be robins.  They must be eating the grass seed in the yard. They’re very busy and very noisy.
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Blessings and peace …
22
Mar
13

3.22.13 … why I walk? …

2013 Lenten Labyrinth walks, “Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking:  People ask me why I walk during Lent … this gets to it …

Solitude, silence, and prayer are often the best ways to self-knowledge.  Not because they offer solutions for the complexity of our lives but because they bring us in touch with our sacred center, where God dwells.  That sacred center may not be analysed.  It is the place of adoration, thanksgiving, and praise.

via Daily Meditation: The Ways to Self-knowledge.




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