THE LABYRINTH

We at First Presbyterian of Searcy invite you to consider this Labyrinth yours, as it is ours, and pray that is blesses you as it has blessed us.

A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path. The Labyrinth represents a journey to our own center and back again out into the world. Labyrinths have long been used as meditation and prayer tools. A Labyrinth is an archetype with which we can have a direct experience. We can walk it. It is a metaphor for life’s journey. It is a symbol that creates a sacred space and place and takes us out of our ego to “That Which Is Within.”

The Christian life is often described as a pilgrimage or journey with God, a journey in which we can grow closer in relationship with God, and in turn, closer to others. In life, as in the Labyrinth, we do not know where the path will take us. We do not foresee the twists and turns that the future holds, but we know that the path will eventually arrive at the center, God. Sometimes the path leads inward toward the ultimate goal, only to lead outward again. We meet others along the path – some we meet face-to-face stepping aside to let them pass; some catch up to us and pass us from behind; others we pass along the way.

Sometimes the path leads close to the center, sometimes to the outside edges; but always, there is a center. If you keep walking the path, you find yourself there. Is there any more apt metaphor for life? Sometimes God seems near, sometimes distant; but always, he is there. If you keep walking life’s path, you will find him; or rather, be found by him.

– Peggy K.

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