The Epiphany Labyrinth of First Church
In 2010, the Epiphany Labyrinth was completed in the memorial garden of First United Methodist. Designed by Music Director Don Gardner, and constructed by church volunteers, the Epiphany Labyrinth is open to all who choose to spend a few moments in prayer and meditation
Labyrinths are places for communing with God in the solitude of one's heart, mind and soul. Some people walk labyrinths to search for a deeper meaning of self while others walk labyrinths request guidance or help in their lives'.
It is important to remember that there is no right or wrong way to walk the labyrinth...your walk will be absolutely perfect for you.
It is also important to honor each person's space and mutual time for prayer and meditation. The objective is to walk your walk while being courteous to others. When encountering others on their journeys in or out of the labyrinth, respectively move to the outside edge of your path to provide room to pass each other and feel free to cross over lines to gently move ahead of or around others if necessary.
There are four stages in walking a labyrinth:
- Consecration: Prior to beginning your walk, slow your breathing, relax and mentally dedicate this time to the glory of God. Bring your intentions and requests to mind but then let them go.
- Purgation: (releasing) Start your walk at your own pace. Quiet your mind and release the burdens of life. You may want to use a centering prayer or mantra (a short repeated phrase) while walking to the center. Open your heart and trust that God will be at your side during your walk.
- Illumination: Upon entering the center of the labyrinth, feel free to stand or sit and to spend as much time as you want or need in the center. This is the time to quiet your mind and to just listen. You may not "hear" a voice in your ears or in your mind, but trust that God's message for you will be planted deeply within your heart. Open your soul to God's unconditional love and you shall receive it.
- Union: Your journey out of the labyrinth is the time to integrate the experience of your walk and God's message into your soul and life. You may again want to use a personal centering prayer or mantra as you walk back out into the world. Walk at a pace that feels good to you and return as often as possible to commune with God in this special way.
The best advice is to enter the labyrinth without any expectations because everyone has different experiences (physically and spiritually) and your experience will be exactly what God wants for you.