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Labyrinths have been around since ancient times. During the Middle Ages, you could find one in nearly 25% of cathedrals. Because not everyone could make the journey to the Holy Land, walking a cathedral labyrinth was oftentimes a substitute for going on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, becoming a devotional activity.
Today labyrinths are used as walking meditations, and may be found in medical centers, spas, parks, schools, prisons, playgrounds, retreat centers, and even people’s backyards. There's even a world-wide labyrinth locator.
The practice of walking [or in this case, using your finger to 'walk'] the labyrinth provides an opportunity deepen your awareness of God’s Presence and guidance. So today, find time to slow down and prayerfully listen. Perhaps you print out the image below and walk through the labyrinth with your finger. Or maybe you trace it with your finger on your computer screen or smartphone. Maybe you know of a labyrinth nearby and you will visit it today.
Whatever you do, consider these things before walking:
Blessings as you meditate on the path ahead.
Make your ways known to me, Lord;
teach me your paths.
- Psalm 25:1-4, Common English Bible and The Message.
Coloma United Methodist Church
At the United Methodist General Conference, every delegate and church leader received a set of prayer beads made especially for 2016 in Portland. The United Methodist artist who helped craft the design says Protestant prayer beads are an idea that is catching on.
Kristen Vincent is a United Methodist who says her calling to introduce people to prayer beads grew out of her own difficulties with prayer and not knowing how to go about it. Vincent says prayer beads solved that problem and they can help anyone find focus and improve their prayer life.
This video was produced by United Methodist Communications in Nashville, TN.