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Yesterday afternoon, I made it to church as a thunderstorm rolled up.  Three of us quickly harvested kale before the the rumbles began.  We didn’t have time to do more because, obviously, we can’t slow down an incoming storm.  But we could deal with our jangled nerves and the stress of daily living.

In the fellowship hall, we walked the labyrinth.  It isn’t anything fancy.  This is a pattern and position we are testing out so my husband and I taped it out on the floor.

Among the three garden workers was an intense young adult.  She’s a chronic worrier who has problems making decisions.  Honestly, we are two peas in a pod (garden symbolism!).  I explained to her that when she walks the labyrinth, she can walk in taking stock of the troubles she carries with her.  Stop at each turn.  Breathe.  Contemplate God.  When she reaches the center, it she can make a longer pause and leave the problem with God.  Sure, she might still think about it but she no longer has to wrestle with it.  Then it is time to retrace the path and reenter the world.

Walking the twisting turning path of the labyrinth helps to slow you down.  It gives you time to contemplate and to listen not to your own shouting thoughts but for that quiet voice of God.  If you have a labyrinth in your area, make time to visit it.  It is an amazing tool.




Have a Mary Little Christmas

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