Labyrinth Prayer Day – a walk through creation.

Saturday 14 June

3pm – 5pm

A guided labyrinth walk reflecting on Psalm 8 or time for you to walk the labyrinth or spend time in quiet prayer to your own tune.

O Lord, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory above the heavens.

Out of the mouths of babes and infants
you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,
to silence the enemy and the avenger.

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you have established;
what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
mortals that you care for them?

Yet you have made them a little lower than God,
and crowned them with glory and honour.

You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under their feet,
all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

 

In preparing to walk the labyrinth, you might consider walking barefoot, if so, leave your shoes and socks beneath the tree, feel the grass beneath your feet, it’s different textures and temperatures and beware of the thistles! 

In your own time, begin to walk the labyrinth, pausing from time to time to note:-

  • the different grasses, thistles, dandelions, and mushrooms creating a carpet beneath your feet.
  • the trees around you, their shapes and leaves, the ways they are used for fuel, timber, shelter, food.
  • look for the birds, bugs, flies, bees sharing this environment, at how inter-dependent we are.
  • look at the people passing by – stewards of all creation and the work of human hands; roads, cars, buildings, the labyrinth – our creative skill and destructive power.
  • feel the sun, the rain, the wind …. perhaps all 3 at once!
  • look at the Lavenders, how some flourish and other struggle.
  • see the places where the grass is scarred and remember the ways in which we have scarred the earth.

As you leave the Labyrinth, you might ponder on

  • what is to be planted?
  • what is to be stewarded?
  • what is to be developed?

How majestic is God’s name in all the earth?

 

If you chose to remove your shoes, how does it feel to put them back on again?

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