Labyrinth: Leave it with God or Take it with You

Labyrinth

Table Top Labyrinth

I asked my husband to make a labyrinth for me that I could trace with a finger or a marble, and this is what he came up with.  The activity listed below can work for this labyrinth or a walking labyrinth.  For the table top labyrinth, you may leave the marble in the center and use your finger to trace the way out, or place a marble in the middle, trace with your finger on the way in and use the marble on the way out.

Leave it with God

Before you enter the labyrinth, you may choose a stone from the basket at the entrance.  This stone represents something that you wish to give over to God’s care.  Walk the path of the labyrinth slowly and deliberately.  There is only one way to the center, so there is no way to get lost.  While you walk, pray about this thing that you wish to leave with God.  When you reach the center of the labyrinth, you may continue to pray, or pause in silence.  You may stand, or sit in a chair, or sit on the floor.  When you feel that your time in the center is over, leave your stone in the provided basket.  Leave the labyrinth by retracing the same path that brought you in in the reverse.  When you reach the end, give yourself a few moments to say “Amen” or “Let it be so,” and then return to the world, having released your burdens to God.

Take it with You

If you don’t have anything in particular to leave with God, ask God to show you what he will give to you to take with you from the labyrinth.  When you reach the center of the labyrinth, you may continue to pray, or pause in silence.  You may stand, or sit in a chair, or sit on the floor.  When you feel that your time in the center is over, take a stone, which represents what God has given you to take with you, from the provided basket.  Leave the labyrinth by retracing the same path that brought you in in the reverse.  When you reach the end, give yourself a few moments to say “Amen” or “Let it be so,” and then return to the world, carrying your stone.  You may choose to place the stone in a place that you will see it often, or decorate it, or simply write what God has given you on it.

 

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