Posts Tagged ‘2019 Labyrinth Walks

27
Dec
19

12.27.19 … “a pilgrim seeks to understand the essence of time, place and people that they meet on their path.”

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2019 Epiphany Labyrinth Walks, 2019 Labyrinth Walks, Wayt Private Labyrinth – Cumming GA:

Another great day at a labyrinth!

I visited my old friend Marty, her mom Martha and sister Rebecca.

We talked books and labyrinths and friends and family. I love these kith folks.

And I liked this from The Holy Pilgrimages of Northern New Mexico website.

“A pilgrimage is a journey of the body and soul. Regardless of our religion, it is an effort to become closer to our God. A pilgrimage is sometimes undertaken to pray for God’s intercession in our lives or as thanks for an intercession that has been granted. Often, though, a pilgrimage represents nothing more (or less) than our desire to let God guide our footsteps and nourish our souls. A pilgrimage should not be undertaken lightly but neither should it be undertaken in fear. It is intended to be a journey of joy and fulfillment.

A pilgrim is not a tourist who only touches, for a fleeting moment, the land and people that they visit. Rather, a pilgrim seeks to understand the essence of time, place and people that they meet on their path.”

These people and this place make it easy.

12.27.19

22
Dec
19

12.21.19 … “This is the night when you can trust that any direction you go, you will be walking toward the dawn.”

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2019 Labyrinth Walks, 2019 Advent Walks, Third Week of Advent – Joy, Saint Peter Lutheran Church-Greenwood CO, Winter Solstice 2019:

My day did not start off so well, my sister had given me a JOY brooch which in just a few days I had grown very fond of. And this morning it was missing. My 25-year-old daughter thought me silly…

But for some odd reason I must’ve taken it off and put it in my purse. I was quite sure I had not taken it off. My near 60 brain is stretched.

So with my joy pin in hand, I headed out. I picked Saint Peter’s this morning for this bright sunny day. It is amazing the effect of the sun and the beautiful mountains in the distance can have on my mood. The Rockies are truly all inspiring.

Back to the 60-year-old brain – I cannot figure out the signage and lane markings in Denver. They are just strangely different from those that I usually see on the eastern part of United States. And once again, I got turned around and the navigation app rerouted me and added about five minutes to my trip.

As I pulled in, I noticed they have a Information brochure. That is a good start.

And interesting, and I have never seen this done before, is a circular spot to stand on as you enter the labyrinth. It is similar to the center of a labyrinth.. It was a nice place to prepare.

The benches were all given as a Boy Scout Eagle Project in August 2013. There were outdoor speakers around me. I wondered what they are use them for. Also, there is a children’s playhouse over to the side. I wonder…

From the brochure, there is a sentence, “The challenge in walking a labyrinth is to let go of trying to see ahead and simply follow the path. It is a process of letting go – an element of most forms of meditation. When we relinquish control, we often feel open to new insights or new answers to questions.”

There is also a paragraph talking about the symbolism. “The labyrinth incorporates many levels of symbolism into its sacred geometry. It’s circularity and concentric circles reflect the cosmos, atoms and DNA. The geometry comprises the very principles of the manifestation of God‘s hand in the creation of the universe.” A nice thought…

When I reached the center, I laughed because there was a drain at the center. And the drain was inscribed “Saint Peter Lutheran Church September, 2010.” I’ve never seen a drain at the center. Maybe a metaphor for letting all that I have pondered be “released,” Let it go down the the drain.

I am like a kid. As I left the center drain, I walked each of the five concentric circles and I felt like I was swirling like when you flush the toilet 🙂 … goodbye negative thoughts.

This is a nine-circuit Chartres-esq Labyrinth. Frequently the abbreviated Chartres style labyrinths are seven circuits. I am wondering why this is a nine-circuit. It had unusual labyrinth timing. But in all honesty, it worked.

Today was the winter solstice. I usually do a nighttime walk today. But instead today I walked in the morning. And it was very sunny and very warm. Seemed strange but the sun was unusually low in the sky.

I ended my day with a sunset walk around Denver’s Washington Park. It was 60 degrees but the two Park lakes were still frozen. The geese were walking on the frozen lakes, and the fattest squirrels were watching us walk.

A nice way to celebrate winter.

And I really liked this from Jan Richardson today …

Here on the eve of the Winter Solstice, a blessing for you. If you are traveling through a season of shadows, or know someone who is, this is for you. (And to my friends in the Southern Hemisphere, a blessed Summer Solstice!)

BLESSING FOR THE LONGEST NIGHT

All throughout these months,

as the shadows

have lengthened,

this blessing has been

gathering itself,

making ready,

preparing for

this night.

It has practiced

walking in the dark,

traveling with

its eyes closed,

feeling its way

by memory,

by touch,

by the pull of the moon

even as it wanes.

So believe me

when I tell you

this blessing will

reach you,

even if you

have not light enough

to read it;

it will find you,

even though you cannot

see it coming.

You will know

the moment of its

arriving

by your release

of the breath

you have held

so long;

a loosening

of the clenching

in your hands,

of the clutch

around your heart;

a thinning

of the darkness

that had drawn itself

around you.

This blessing

does not mean

to take the night away,

but it knows

its hidden roads,

knows the resting spots

along the path,

knows what it means

to travel

in the company

of a friend.

So when

this blessing comes,

take its hand.

Get up.

Set out on the road

you cannot see.

This is the night

when you can trust

that any direction

you go,

you will be walking

toward the dawn.

—Jan Richardson

from The Cure for Sorrow: A Book of Blessings for Times of Grief

Image: “Longest Night” © janrichardsonimages.com

I liked this one, too …

“They carol, feast, give thanks,/and dearly love their friends/ and hope for peace.”

“The Shortest Day”

by Susan Cooper

And so the Shortest Day came and the year died

And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world

Came people singing, dancing,

To drive the dark away.

They lighted candles in the winter trees;

They hung their homes with evergreen;

They burned beseeching fires all night long

To keep the year alive.

And when the new year’s sunshine blazed awake

They shouted, revelling.

Through all the frosty ages you can hear them

Echoing behind us – listen!

All the long echoes, sing the same delight,

This Shortest Day,

As promise wakens in the sleeping land:

They carol, feast, give thanks,

And dearly love their friends,

And hope for peace.

And now so do we, here, now,

This year and every year.

BLESSING FOR THE LONGEST NIGHT!

12.21.19

Info on Winter Solstice …

Google Doodle Celebrates Last Winter Solstice of the Decade | Space

10 Facts About the Winter Solstice | Mental Floss
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/72659/10-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-winter-solstice

20
Dec
19

12.20.19 … “To see a world in a grain of sand And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour.”

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2019 Labyrinth Walks, 2019 Advent Walks,

Palazzo Verdi -Denver Co, Third Week of Advent – Joy:

I picked this one off the locator and had no expectations…

“The large and open Atrium, showcasing three monumental artworks including Roger Leitner’s Chartres Labyrinth is a fascinating part of the grand Atrium and is a re-creation of the 13th century Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth in France.”

This is the third week of Advent and the theme is joy. I have been trying to walk on Sundays and here it is Friday and I have not walked yet this week. I’ve had a busy week. I am now in Denver to celebrate Christmas with our three children. Edward is hosting in his very nice apartment. And since he knows my obsession with JOY, he has decorated his apartment with joy throughout (mostly purchased at the local Goodwill store) …

I arrived at what looked like a very nice suburban office park.

There was a large construction site next door and I saw a sign that said “Museum of Outdoor Art”

I approached the office building and saw a wonderful giraffe sculpture which reminded me of my friend Toni. I still had no idea why the labyrinth was here. And why indoor when there was a museum dedicated to outdoor art next door.

As I walked in, I saw the labyrinth. It was gorgeous, right in the atrium lobby to the building and covered with floor mats across it. Hmmmm …

I looked left and saw the Madden Museum. I had not seen anything about it on the locator. It was open and free. So before I walked, I took a quick walk through the museum. It reminded me of the Barnes Museum in Philadelphia, a re-creation of a private collection. I will research further later. But I am in love with this…

I had the concierge move the mats…

I took a moment to read the three quotes.

The William Blake one was new to me.

“To see a world in a grain of sand

And a heaven in a wild flower,

Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,

and eternity in an hour.”

Very nice indoor walk.

Elevator Christmas music…holiday standards exclusively on tune In:

“These Are a Few of My Favorite Things”

“O, Little Town of Bethlehem”

“O Come Let Us Adore Him“

and

“Merry Christmas Darling …

We’re apart that’s true

But I can dream and in my dreams

I’m Christmasing with you

Holidays are joyful”

Holidays are joyful … what I heard as I walked out.

And then I snuck into the construction site for the remodeled Museum of Outdoor Art.

So all in all a joyful walk.

Holidays are joyful …

12.20.19

08
Dec
19

12.8.19 … “There is more to life than we previously imagined … “

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2019 Labyrinth Walks, 2019 Advent Walks, Eastminster Presbyterian Church-Marietta GA:

Today is the second Sunday of Advent and the theme is peace. I attended the 8:15 service at Roswell Presbyterian with my sister and her husband. The senior minister, Jeff Myers, gave a really great sermon where he juxtaposed tolerance and forbearance. He began the sermon with Isaiah 2:1-5, the plowshares verses.

1The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

2

In days to come

the mountain of the Lord’s house

shall be established as the highest of the mountains,

and shall be raised above the hills;

all the nations shall stream to it.

3

Many peoples shall come and say,

“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,

to the house of the God of Jacob;

that he may teach us his ways

and that we may walk in his paths.”

For out of Zion shall go forth instruction,

and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

4

He shall judge between the nations,

and shall arbitrate for many peoples;

they shall beat their swords into plowshares,

and their spears into pruning hooks;

nation shall not lift up sword against nation,

neither shall they learn war any more.

5

O house of Jacob,

come, let us walk

in the light of the Lord!

And the stories that Jeff used as examples were spot on. Specifically, he told us of the rivalry between his University of Washington fraternity and the one across the street, and he began the sermon and closed the sermon with a great story of that conflict which he referred to as a tribal conflict which is typical of mankind. There was lots to ponder.

After church, I decided to make a detour to walk a labyrinth. The closest labyrinth was at Eastminster. In order to get to the memorial garden and labyrinth, I had to walk by the sanctuary. The sanctuary has clear glass windows, and I was glad that I was just a few minutes before 11 so that the congregation did not see me sneaking back to the memorial garden.

As I entered the garden, I was immediately welcomed by the sun. Although it is relatively cool, 45°, the sun made it feel much warmer..

I never noticed all the angels dispersed throughout the garden, only noting previously the angel that’s at the top the columbarium.

So I enjoyed rediscovering this quote:

“There is more to life than we previously imagined. Angels hide in every nook and cranny, magi masquerade as everyday people, and shepherds wear the garments of day laborers. The whole earth is brimming with glory for those with eyes to see and ears to hear.”

– Howard Thurman

Peace …

12.8.19

02
Dec
19

12.1.19 … Prepare Ye the way/Let’s do this! …

Advent 2019, Advent Week One -Hope, “Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2019 Labyrinth Walks, 2019 Advent Walks, Eastminster Presbyterian Church-Marietta GA:

Liturgical Advent and Cultural Advent align this year … somehow that makes me feel balanced …

What are you doing to prepare for the coming of Christ and the arrival of the Holiday?

Here’s what I found this morning …

Yet Advent was once (and still can be) a time of waiting, a time of hoping without knowing, a time of emptying so that we can be filled by the divine Presence. Though you may be wrapping gifts, planning special meals, and spending time with family and friends, I hope you will also take time to allow the Advent darkness to do its work as well.

Source: Richard Rohr Meditation:Waiting and Unknowing,

https://email.cac.org/t/ViewEmail/d/EB8C4C925AAE2A532540EF23F30FEDED/1DC1AEAE5E535C1F0B3A73003FEB3522

First Sunday of Advent Readings: Hope

Isaiah 9:2, 6-7:

“The people walking in darkness

have seen a great light;

on those living in the land of deep darkness

a light has dawned. […]

For to us a child is born,

to us a son is given,

and the government will be on his shoulders.

And he will be called

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Of the greatness of his government and peace

there will be no end.

He will reign on David’s throne

and over his kingdom,

establishing and upholding it

with justice and righteousness

from that time on and forever.

The zeal of the Lord Almighty

will accomplish this.”

Source: Advent Readings for 2019 – Scripture for Lighting Wreath,

https://www.crosswalk.com/special-coverage/christmas-and-advent/what-are-advent-readings.html

“In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

As I read this verse, I am reminded of the musical Godspell, which opens with John the Baptist singing the lyrics, “Prepare ye the way of the Lord.” Before long, he is joined by the rest of the cast, who sing in joyous unison about the coming of the Christ.

I find it fitting that even before Jesus began his ministry, people were preparing for his coming. John preached about the arrival of the kingdom, and baptized those who were willing. They all wanted Jesus to get there already. In the same way, we are called to prepare for the coming of the Kingdom of Heaven. I think that if we pursued Jesus with the same energy and love as the disciples in Godspell, the world would be a better place.

Source: Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord | Advent & Lenten Devotions | Goshen College, https://www.goshen.edu/devotions/prepare-ye-way-lord/

Last year, I wrote blogpost essays about my holiday traditions. I’ll revise and update at my blog.

So far, I’ve planted my paperwhites and unboxed my advent wreath, and downloaded a few advent calendars …

And I closed my day with a walk …

I had had a busy afternoon, and originally had planned to walk earlier in the day, but then it dawned on me that a night walk would be perfect for the first day of Advent. It was still quite warm at the time of my walk, 55°; it had been 65° today, and, although it is supposed to turn colder tonight, it was quite pleasant at the time of the walk.

I had spent the afternoon running errands and then spent 2 1/2 hours with my mom. For some reason, she was fit to be tied. But after about an hour of cajoling her into a good mood, she finally yielded. At about the time that she perked up, my sister and her son arrived. There was another couple visiting their mother at the dinner table, and we had a great time talking about children and grandchildren. In the end, the late afternoon visit with my mom ended as a success.

About 6:30, I headed out to Eastminster. It was very dark walking back to the labyrinth. And I wondered if the labyrinth would be lit for the evening. I turned on my flashlight and made my way back to the labyrinth columbarium garden, intending to do a quick walk in the dark, and I mean really dark. As I entered the garden, I realized that there were a few lights and I felt greatly relieved.

This labyrinth is an Amiens style, which is a Chartres 11th-circuit that is octagonal rather than round. This is also the Labyrinth with the columbarium at the center.

As I began my walk, I heard cars racing on a nearby street. It sounded as if they were dragracing, and then I saw their headlights in the distance. There were three of them and they were definitely racing.

I looked into the beautiful night sky and saw the sliver of the moon, waxing crescent, and the church steeple in the clear night sky. It was very peaceful.

And I found this recently …

“None of your knowledge, your reading, your connections will be of any use here: two legs suffice, and big eyes to see with. Walk alone, across mountains or through forests. You are nobody to the hills or the thick boughs heavy with greenery. You are no longer a role, or a status, not even an individual, but a body, a body that feels sharp stones on the paths, the caress of long grass and the freshness of the wind. When you walk, the world has neither present nor future: nothing but the cycle of mornings and evenings. Always the same thing to do all day: walk. But the walker who marvels while walking (the blue of the rocks in a July evening light, the silvery green of olive leaves at noon, the violet morning hills) has no past, no plans, no experience. He has within him the eternal child. While walking I am but a simple gaze.”

Frédéric Gros, A Philosophy of Walking

I’m contemplating “radical hope” as referenced in the sermon at Roswell Presbyterian this morning.

Prepare Ye the way/Let’s do this! Advent blessings.

12.1.19

29
Nov
19

11.29.19 … May you grow still enough …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, MorningStar Lutheran Chapel – Mint Hill NC, 2019 Labyrinth Walks, Amy Grant’s Christmas music, Amy-Jill Levine’s “Light of the World”:

Today is a day I don’t particularly like, Black Friday. And Black Friday goes against what I think Christmas is all about. Black Friday conjures up stress and spending money and fighting to get the best deal… So I choose today to start my Advent celebration and prepare for Christmas.

I subscribe to/follow several Advent and spiritual emails and blogs. One of my favorites is the Facebook Community page Advent. It directed me to this video …

“Advent is the start of the Christian calendar that tells the story of God and His people by dividing the year into two major segments. As we begin the season of Advent we begin reliving the story of Jesus himself – beginning with the anticipation of His birth. Here’s a neat video on the Christian calendar starting with Advent done by Christ Church Mission going all through each part of the Christian calendar.”

<https://vimeo.com/79923336&gt;

Another Advent practice this year is the study of Amy-Jill Levine’s “Light of the World.” Dr. Levine is a practicing Jew who teaches New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt. She and her book are very interesting.

“I think of myself as helping Chris­tians to find even deeper meanings in the texts they hold sacred, and concurrently in helping Jews recover the parts of our history that were preserved by the Church and that can be located in the pages of the New Testament.” Source: Interview: Amy-Jill Levine, professor of Jewish and New Testament studies, https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2011/15-july/features/interview-amy-jill-levine-professor-of-jewish-and-new-testament-studies

Back to my day … I got up this morning and headed to Red Boot Way. They were only three of us today and we had a great discussion on/around Step 6.

“Step Six: I am more peaceful and centered when I take time every day to be in stillness. I am grounded.”

We threw around ways we achieve stillness and our conversation quickly moved to music, dance, painting, journaling and my labyrinth walking, and we used terms such as thin places, authentic, centered ( in contrast to self-centered), kairos v. chronos time and spaciousness. Once done, I left feeling all of the above and thankful for my Red Boot friends.

Once home, I began planting “my” papperwhite bulbs for my house and for gifts. I’ve already planted them at the homes of one of my sons and of my sister.

I then headed out to get some additional items I needed for my bulb planting as well as some cleaning supplies and some things for my outdoor Christmas decorations.

I am amazed at how my life is re-orienting toward the east side of Charlotte. I will be almost completely oriented that way when the new Lidl opens.

This morning I went to Goodwill and Habitat to make donations, my Mercedes repair guys on Monroe, the Dollar Tree on Albemarle Road, the labyrinth that I really like at MorningStar Lutheran Chapel, Pikes, and I ended at Aldi. I can’t wait for the Lidl…

When I was a student at Davidson I very rarely went to Southpark Mall/South Charlotte. I went to Eastland. I think that’s fascinating that my life in Charlotte is coming full circle …

And included in this re-orientation is the access to one of my favorite labyrinths, MorningStar Lutheran Chapel.

As I walked into the graveyard, my mind got sidetracked … Graveyard/cemetery? “Today, a cemetery refers to a large burial ground, typically not associated with a church. The first citation in the Oxford English Dictionary for graveyard comes from 1767, and a graveyard is typically smaller than a cemetery and is often associated with a church. It is part of the churchyard.” Source: Cemetery Versus Graveyard | Grammar Girl, https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/cemetery-versus-graveyard. This is a graveyard.

As I walked into the graveyard, the first thing I noticed was the rustling of the fallen Fall leaves under my feet and that the fountain was still going. In addition, the fake fall flowers on the tombstones made me smile …

Interestingly, there was a family, a mom and dad and a daughter, middle school age, sitting in the new garden. I wondered who they were visiting.

I worried that the leaves rustling under my feet were going to be a distraction. I have talked often about the crunch of the pebbles that sometimes make up the path. Did the leaves bother me? No! The fall leaves on the path were something Mother Nature added. So it was a part of a seasonal walk in late fall.

It was 52° and overcast, but the sun was trying to burn through the clouds. There was a slight breeze so the chimes were gently ringing. Only a few of the painted stones that children had painted and placed in the garden were visible. So I had fun finding one to take a picture of. There was an occasional bird singing to me as well.

I wonder who thought to turn the fountains on today?

Almost always, it seems to me that the walk out is longer than the walk in. But it is the same walk and should be essentially the same amount of time. And that made me think back to our discussion at the RedBoot Way meeting earlier today, of kairos time.

“The ancient Greeks had two words for time: chronos (χρόνος) and kairos. The former refers to chronological or sequential time, while the latter signifies a proper or opportune time for action. While chronos is quantitative, kairos has a qualitative, permanent nature. Kairos also means weather in Modern Greek.” (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kairos?wprov=sfti1)

As I finished my walk, I heard a dog barking, and that reminded me that my dog Albert was at home waiting for me.There were a few more stops on my errand running on the east side of town.

Once back at home, I continued planting and preparing.

l listened to Amy Grant sing Christmas songs as I stayed away from Black Friday and I found the wonderful blessing which is attached below … reflects much of what I’ve been thinking today.

“May you grow still enough to hear the small noises earth makes in preparing for the long sleep of winter, so that you yourself may grow calm and grounded deep within.

May you grow still enough to hear the trickling of water seeping into the ground, so that your soul may be softened and healed, and guided in its flow.

May you grow still enough to hear the splintering of starlight in the winter sky and the roar at earth’s fiery core.

May you grow still enough to hear the stir of a single snowflake in the air, so that your inner silence may turn into hushed expectation.”

~ Brother David Steindl-Rast, OSB, thanks to Toto Rendlen

Happy Post Turkey Day!

Happy Post Turkey Day!

11.29.19

23
Nov
19

11.23.19 … “Light exists as well as shadow. Creation has not only a positive but also a negative side. It belongs to the essence of creaturely nature, and is indeed a mark of its perfection, that it has in fact this negative side. In creation there is not only a Yes but also a No; not only a height but also an abyss; not only clarity but also obscurity; not only growth but also decay; not only opulence but also indigence; not only beauty but also ashes; not only beginning but also end.

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2019 Labyrinth Walks, The Cathedral of St. Philip-Atlanta GA:

I had a day of errand running in Atlanta today. I headed out from Marietta about noon. First, I got my nails done. While I was in the nail salon, it poured. I’m pretty in pink …

Second, I visited the local Dollar Tree. There I purchased some glass vases and small pebbles for my Christmas paperwhite narcissus flowers which are my first Christmas decoration, my Christmas Eve table decoration and my favorite gift.

Third, I delivered a package to a friend to her mother-in-law‘s house. To get to her house I had to cross the River at Lovett and then back in the neighborhood to the left. This is an area of Atlanta that I have rarely ventured and so I was interested again at the topography, which I love, and, since the brig late afternoon sun was peaking out from the clouds, the drive was magical enhanced with the beautiful very end of fall color, deep reds and bright yellows.

Next, I headed for a labyrinth. The labyrinth at St. Philip’s is my most frequented labyrinth when I’m in Atlanta. And getting to it takes me through one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the US in my opinion. So I always get the pleasure of driving past old haunts and homes of old friends and family. As I drove to the Cathedral, it became overcast again, but luckily was not raining.

When I got to the labyrinth, since I had Albert, I pulled out my cast-iron iron which I have re-purposed as a dog anchor. It comes in very handy when I am walking labyrinths. Ive tried walking “with” Albert, but that is a major fail. As I walked, Albert looked at me quizzically and tried to drag the anchor around a bit. But then he just patiently watched.

Next up was checking the ginkgo trees at E Rivers Elementary School. I definitely missed it this year. However, the light was coming in and out of the clouds and for a brief moment it highlighted the bed of yellow leaves at their bases.

After leaving there, I headed toward my mom’s. I took the back way (Habersham, Old Ivy, Wieuca to Peachtree), and it was now a perfect late fall afternoon. The leaves played with the afternoon sunlight. And as I rounded a corner and saw the beautiful yellows and reds, I smiled, and as soon as I smiled, the sun went back behind the clouds. Some days are like that.

At Lenbrook, I went up the freight elevator with Albert. He doesn’t like steps, and he really doesn’t like elevators. I had to drag him on elevator. But the visit with my mom and Albert was the highlight of my day … really. .She said, “We got lucky when we got Albert!” WE … I chuckled. Albert is the only dog in my extended family currently. My mom truly views him as her dog, too.

So all in all a great day …

And now a quote … “Light exists as well as shadow. Creation has not only a positive but also a negative side. It belongs to the essence of creaturely nature, and is indeed a mark of its perfection, that it has in fact this negative side. In creation there is not only a Yes but also a No; not only a height but also an abyss; not only clarity but also obscurity; not only growth but also decay; not only opulence but also indigence; not only beauty but also ashes; not only beginning but also end. In the existence of man there are hours, days and years both bright and dark, success and failure, laughter and tears, youth and age, gain and loss, birth and sooner or later its inevitably corollary, death. In all this, creation praises its Creator and Lord even on its shadowy side. For all we can tell, may not His creatures praise Him more mightily in humility than in exaltation, in need than in plenty, in fear than in joy? May not we ourselves praise Him more purely on bad days than on good, more surely in sorrow than in rejoicing, more truly in adversity than in progress? If there may be praise of God from the abyss, night and misfortune… how surprised we shall be, and how ashamed of so much unnecessary disquiet and discontent, once we are brought to realize that all creation both as light and shadow, including our own share in it, was laid on Jesus Christ, and that even though we did not see it, while we were shaking our heads that things were not very different, it sang the praise of God just as it was, and was therefore right and perfect.” – Karl Barth

And here’s round one of my paperwhite plantings …

Blessings, Safe Travels and Happy Thanksgiving!

11.23.19

21
Nov
19

11.21.19 … “When you step into the center — after walking, walking, walking — there is a beautiful stillness” …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2019 Labyrinth Walks, St. Barnabas (Episcopal) Church-Denver CO:

So I’m on my fourth day in Denver and I have not taken a labyrinth walk yet. Today is my last full day, so today is the day…

The Labyrinth closest to my son’s apartment is St. Barnabas Episcopal. I headed out at 7:30, after spending a half hour looking for his apartment keys, and finally headed out. So the frustration level was high and the need for the walk higher. (They were in the car.)

Everyone loves Denver. But I must say, coming at the beginning of winter and experiencing four cloudy gray days, with light snow and ice coming down now, I’m rethinking Denver. No, I’m kidding. When you wake up and look out and see those mountains in the distance, that makes up for a whole lot. But the city is flat, something I’m just not used to, and even in the summer, it doesn’t seem particularly green. So it has a dirty feel to me. Maybe that is the rough and tumble Wild, Wild West.

I pulled up and immediately liked the presence of the church. It has a Tudor feel to it, it is a brick with a odd green shade of tan trim. The labyrinth is over to the right as I enter the church yard, the “Holy Ground-Please Be Respectful-No Smoking” grounds.

Before I walked, I noticed the homeless man sleeping on the concrete covered entranceway to the church. I have been confronted by homelessness multiple times since I came to Denver. He did not ask for help. But still, I wonder: What can I do?

As I looked around, I saw the labyrinth, a stone paver path with grass boundaries labyrinth, but something was not quite right. The labyrinth itself was centered by a stone covering something … a fountain in summer?

I started my walk on the pavers … immediate confusion, the root system of the oak tree had definitely made it difficult to place the pavers, which are approximately 1‘ x 2‘, in a flat walkable path. I followed the paver path and quickly got off the path. And then I hit a dead end. So am I supposed to walk the grass?

So I tried to walk the grass. Another dead end at the large oak tree. In the end I walked the grass, but this did not quite work. I had to maneuver around trees and boulders.

So today I was in a cloud … of inclement weather looming and because the labyrinth that was more a maze.

I researched this labyrinth and found little on this one. But I found a 2010 article worthy of reading, Ancient labyrinths enjoying a resurgence – The Denver Post,

‪https://www.denverpost.com/2010/01/08/ancient-labyrinths-enjoying-a-resurgence/‬

Unlike a maze, designed to confuse, a labyrinth has no dead ends, or even choices. The path, though not obvious in all its twists and turns, leads only to the center.

“All our institutions are shaky — educational, medical, religious, legal, financial. Everything is up for grabs,” Artress said. “It’s touching everyone’s lives. We shoot fear into our veins like heroin.”

Or, she said, we can seek to feed our spiritual hunger.

Philadelphian Patricia Pearce is in Denver because her mother is dying in hospice here. Pearce, 51, is in the practice of walking labyrinths and is using the “Petite Chartres” at Central Presbyterian Church in downtown Denver.

“Every season of my life, it means something different for me,” Pearce said. “I’m at a transition point in my life. Walking it now is a way for me to affirm my willingness to walk this spiritual path with my mother — to say yes to God.

“When you step into the center — after walking, walking, walking — there is a beautiful stillness,” Pearce said. “I often will stand or kneel there for quite a long time.”

By definition, this one missed the mark.

11.21.19

03
Nov
19

11.3.19 … “In creation there is not only a Yes but also a No; not only a height but also an abyss; not only clarity but also obscurity; not only growth but also decay; not only opulence but also indigence; not only beauty but also ashes; not only beginning but also end. In the existence of man there are hours, days and years both bright and dark, success and failure, laughter and tears, youth and age, gain and loss, birth and sooner or later its inevitably corollary, death. In all this, creation praises its Creator and Lord even on its shadowy side.” – Karl Barth

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2019 Labyrinth Walks, The Cathedral of St. Philip-Atlanta GA, kith/kin, Elizabeth Musser, When I Close My Eyes:

I just returned from 48 hours with some special friends from college. I have been immersed in love and friendship for 48 hours. So today, I chose a quick walk before going with my sister to a book signing for Elizabeth Musser’s new book…

Today is the first day of daylight savings time and I actually slept late feeling completely refreshed and woke up to full daylight. But now at 4:30 as the sun was getting low in the sky, it was time to walk. The light was perfect, and it was a beautiful crisp fall day. As I mentioned, I had just spent a delightful 48 hours with my Davidson College friends at the home of one friend who lives in Gainesville Georgia. As has become a routine, we talked, shared, hugged, encouraged and then went all our separate ways from one end of this country to the other. Every time I spend a weekend with them, my soul is restored.

As for my walk … Birds chirping… I loved the sun playing with the buildings, dancing in the trees … And I saw a sliver of the moon. What is the moon phase today? And then I saw a bed of blooming knock out rises. Do knock out roses forever bloom in the south?

And as for Elizabeth’s talk at the Atlanta History Center, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’ve read her new book, “When I Close My Eyes“ (https://www.amazon.com/When-Close-My-Eyes-Novel/dp/0764234447) and recommend it. I was talking with someone and they said that they didn’t read Christian literature. Prior to reading Elizabeth’s books, I had not read much if it weren’t veiled in fantasy (think, CS Lewis, Madeleine L’Engle, Tolkien, Dante). But what is wrong with being challenged by Christian truths? Because of Elizabeth I have been introduced to another Christian fiction author, Sharon Garlough Brown. In addition, and I assume because I listed Elizabeth’s works as some of my favorites, I now get recommendations for other Christian writers. A funny one was a Christian writer of spy thrillers. When one was free, I actually read it and enjoyed it. Luanda Ehrlich’s Titus Ray Thrillers. I read Book I, “One Night in Tehran.”

And James Howell led me to this quote the other day …

“Light exists as well as shadow. Creation has not only a positive but also a negative side. It belongs to the essence of creaturely nature, and is indeed a mark of its perfection, that it has in fact this negative side. In creation there is not only a Yes but also a No; not only a height but also an abyss; not only clarity but also obscurity; not only growth but also decay; not only opulence but also indigence; not only beauty but also ashes; not only beginning but also end. In the existence of man there are hours, days and years both bright and dark, success and failure, laughter and tears, youth and age, gain and loss, birth and sooner or later its inevitably corollary, death. In all this, creation praises its Creator and Lord even on its shadowy side. For all we can tell, may not His creatures praise Him more mightily in humility than in exaltation, in need than in plenty, in fear than in joy? May not we ourselves praise Him more purely on bad days than on good, more surely in sorrow than in rejoicing, more truly in adversity than in progress? If there may be praise of God from the abyss, night and misfortune… how surprised we shall be, and how ashamed of so much unnecessary disquiet and discontent, once we are brought to realize that all creation both as light and shadow, including our own share in it, was laid on Jesus Christ, and that even though we did not see it, while we were shaking our heads that things were not very different, it sang the praise of God just as it was, and was therefore right and perfect.” – Karl Barth

11.3.19

01
Oct
19

10.1.19 … “All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well.” ― Julian of Norwich

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2019 Labyrinth Walks, The Cathedral of St. Philip-Atlanta GA, kith/kin, Driving Mama Lindsey:

So this was a combo drive and walk. October 1 is my mother‘s 93rd birthday. Because of some serious dental issues, we are unable to celebrate in the usual Lindsey style. So my sister and brother and I tagteamed today. My sister met her for lunch and then I followed with a long car ride ending up at my brothers house for dinner. He then continued the evening with an episode of Father Brown… Hopefully, by Friday, the dental crises will be over and we can proceed with the usual Lindsey style celebration.

I began my time with my mother by telling her about my book study class at my church in Charlotte. I had attended by FaceTime today. She asked me what we discussed and I told her strangers in the Bible, redemptive strangers, strangers who bless then exit … no conversion, like the Magi. I read her this passage from Barbara Brown Taylor’s “Holy Envy”:

“This tradition of strangers bearing divine gifts begins early in the Bible with the story of Melchizedek, a Canaanite king and priest who comes out of nowhere bearing bread and wine for Abraham (then Abram) after a great battle. You can find it in Genesis 14 if you want, but since it is only four verses long you are also welcome to my summary. 

First Melchizedek blesses Abram in the name of the God Most High, whom he serves. At no point is there any discussion about whether Melchizedek’s God and Abram’s God are the same God. After blessing Abram, Melchizedek blesses God. In gratitude, Abram gives him a tenth of everything. Then Melchizedek exits the story as suddenly as he entered it, leaving Abram to become Abraham, the father of the Jews. The End. 

Though Jews and Christians have made much of this mysterious stranger, some going as far as offering up elaborate interpretations of Melchizedek’s identity in order to establish their own priority, the story needs no embellishment. As short as it is, the narrative already has a clear message in place: God works through religious strangers. For “reasons that will never be entirely clear, God sometimes sends people from outside a faith community to bless those inside of it. It does not seem to matter if the main characters understand God in the same way or call God by the same name. The divine blessing is effective, and the story goes on. 

Other examples of redemptive religious strangers in the first testament of the Bible include Bithiah, the Pharaoh’s daughter who plucked the baby Moses from his rush basket in the River Nile and raised him as her own; Jethro, the Midianite priest who was Moses’s father-in-law and teacher; Ruth, the Moabite who became the ancestor of King David; and Cyrus, the Persian king who ended the Babylonian exile and allowed the Jews to return home—the only non-Jew in the Bible who is ever identified as God’s anointed one.”

And then we headed off on our ride … Where to? Brookwood Hills. Because it was her birthday, I did not fuss when she wanted to drive straight down Peachtree Street…She really can’t see much but she still enjoys getting oriented as to space and talking about people and places.

And it was hot, hot, hot; so hot that you really still felt the heat inside the car with the air-conditioning turned on high. A Charlotte meteorologist refers to this as “Augtober!”

We enjoyed our usual spin through Brookwood Hills, noting that the house of our longtime neighbor, the last of those longtime neighbors, had sold between our last ride and now. Another end of an era.

And then heading back north, we circled through Peachtree Hills and Garden Hills, around the Duckpond, and back up to Peachtree. Looking up, I saw the Cathedral and asked my mom if she cared if I went for a Labyrinth Walk. I swear she responded, “Are you losing? “ Now granted I need to lose a little weight, but I thought my mom got the spiritual aspect, not the exercise aspect of my walks. She denied it later.

As I walked I noticed the irrigation sprinklers going. It almost made it feel cooler, but it really wasn’t any cooler. But there was a rainbow in the sprinkler mist, and that was uplifting.

Now back to our drive … Atlanta folks are just as silly as those in North Carolina. They have decorated for Halloween to the nines all over the city. One house on Habersham obviously had paid a landscaping/decorating company to put up their decorations. I wonder what that cost. I assume they do the same thing for Christmas

And then we just toured Buckhead. Most interesting to me was driving down Valley Road between Habersham and Northside. That’s another place I haven’t been in years and years. I think I was always enchanted by the creek that meandered along the street in front of the houses. I love the quaint driveway bridges that cross it.

“All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well.”

― Julian of Norwich

My mom still has an inquisitive mind and a joy of spending time with family and friends. I read her your notes on social media.

Then back to my brother’s house.

10.1.19




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