Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. (Jeremiah 6:16)
While living up north, away from our Naples home, my mind often travels to our beautiful labyrinth at Naples UCC. It’s circular pattern rests quietly beneath the ring of foxtail palm trees and offers a place to slow down and to find soul nourishment.
Labyrinths were built into the floors of many French cathedrals during the Middle Ages as places of pilgrimage, providing a metaphorical opportunity to travel the ancient paths to the Holy Land. Travel to Jerusalem, to walk in the steps of Christ, was the goal of untold numbers of devout pilgrims. This aspiration became prohibitive because of the dangers of the Crusades which cost many their lives.
Today, as in those ancient times, travel is risky as we struggle to stay safe amidst a raging global pandemic. Emily Simpson, a Canadian labyrinth facilitator tells us that the labyrinth has the capacity to show us a new way of being in the world. “It is a gift for uncertain times because it is that rare and precious thing, a universal symbol within which all our perspectives can find a home.”
During these challenging Covid times, while sheltering in place, I walk a finger labyrinth as a way of experiencing the rest that nourishes my soul. As I follow its winding path, I release my tensions and fears into the loving presence of Christ. To learn more about finger labyrinth walks and how to download your own finger labyrinth, go to Veriditas.org.
Kathe Rhinesmith, our guest contributor, has been a member of Naples UCC since 2013. Kathe is a Faculty presenters with Veriditas, the global organization that is dedicated to inspiring personal and planetary change and renewal through the labyrinth experience. If you are interested in walking the labyrinth at Naples UCC, please know that it is open to the entire community, any time you feel inspired to do so. All are welcome.
Those who seek soul rest
Loving One, bring us rest for our weary souls in these days of uncertainty. Thank you for reassuring us that you meet us at the crossroads of life, and that you lead us to walk in the path of your Good Way. Amen