Tonight at PhLY we are walking through a prayer labyrinth. I wanted to make sure everyone has the opportunity to participate in this opportunity even if you aren't able to make it in person. Attached is a labyrinth for you to use. You can either print it out or trace the path on your screen.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you. ~Philippians 4:4-9
As we are in the season of Thanksgiving we will have an opportunity to lift up our thanks in prayer. I know for me I am quicker to ask God for something off of my checklist of wants than to thank God for what has been, is, and will be provided to me. Tonight we will be walking through a prayer Labyrinth. The Labyrinth is designed to take you on a journey, there are no dead ends, singing puppets, or a Gremlin King trying to steal your baby brother. Allow yourself to journey in silence through this labyrinth. As you journey I want you to focus on your breathing, your steps, your body as you are praying your thanks to God. As you are walking don’t concern yourself if someone passes you, this is your journey, take your time. When you get to the center I want you to pause and reflect on what you just thanked God for. I want you to allow yourself time to feel God’s presence and blessings with you. When you are ready to leave the Labyrinth I want you to ask God how you can be a blessing to others. Once you exit the Labyrinth have a seat by the campfire and reflect on what you felt in your body as you walked, how did the air feel, how did the ground feel, what else did you feel in your body? Did you notice anything tighten or loosen as you walked?
As you journey to the center of the Labyrinth
(breath in) God of Grace,
(breath out) my gratitude overflows!
(breath in) I am grateful for life,
(breath out) I am grateful for love especially from ___________________.
(breath in) I am grateful for friends especially for ____________________.
(breath out) I am grateful for family especially for ____________________.
(breath in) I am grateful for relationships especially for _________________.
(breath out) I am grateful for peace
(breath in) I am grateful for creation especially for _____________________.
(breath out) I am grateful for nature especially for ____________________.
(breath in) I am grateful for humanity especially ________________.
(breath out) I am grateful for YOU, Lord because _____________________.
(breath in) May I always give thanks
(breath out) and find my heart warm
(breath in) with your grace.
(breath out) Amen.
Once you are in the center allow yourself to remain still, silent, and become aware of God’s presence and blessings in your life.
As you exit the prayer Labyrinth
(Breath in) God of blessings
(breath out) How can I bless my friends this week?
(breath out) How can I bless my family this week?
(breath out) How can I bless my relationships with teachers this week?
(breath out) How can I provide peace this week?
(breath out) How can I bless creation this week?
(breath out) How can I bless you Lord this week?
(breath out) Amen!
Please sit in silence and reflect on these questions
What did you feel in your body as you walked?
How did the air feel, how did the ground feel, what else did you feel in your body? Did you notice anything tighten or loosen as you walked? How was your breathing? Where did you feel “it”? (it refers to whatever it was you experienced)
God of all Blessings, I am so grateful that you are YOU and that I am ME. I am so grateful that you love me, lead me and guide me on my spiritual path. Let me remember your blessings daily. Continue to bless me with opportunities to be a blessing to others.