There's a labyrinth in our town
Published in the Orange County Register on March 13, 2013
Labyrinths have been used in the Christian tradition for centuries as a tool for prayer. They can be found in some of the great cathedrals in Europe, although the design has been found in many cultures throughout the world. A labyrinth is different from a maze. A maze is a puzzle in which there are blind alleys and dead ends, but in a labyrinth there is only one way in to the center and one way out. The labyrinth has always represented journey: the journey through life, death, and rebirth, and the spiritual journey. The labyrinth offers us the great gift of making it easier to set aside the time to look inward. With each step we take, we shed the outside world and slip more into our inner life.
Walking the labyrinth is very similar to the walking meditations found in Eastern spiritual traditions. As we still our hearts and minds during our walking, we are given an opportunity to hear the voice of God giving us wisdom about a decision to be made, encouragement during our struggles, or perhaps insights about our lives and about our relationship with God.
We have a labyrinth right here in Fullerton. It is located in the back part of the property at Emmanuel Episcopal Church and is available for anyone who would like to take the journey. There are brochures with suggestions for your walk located in a metal box at the opening to the labyrinth. The Emmanuel labyrinth is listed on the website of the Labyrinth Society @ www.labyrinthlocator.com. More information about labyrinths can also be found on this website.
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
1145 W. Valencia Mesa,
Sunday services 8:15 am, 10:00 am
Childcare at both services
Children’s Church School and Youth group 10:00 am