Penny Hammac of Vancouver, WA, USA
The Spirit of the One you follow is the spirit of love and peace. That Spirit seeks to abide in the hearts of those who would embrace its call and live its message. The path will not always be easy, the choices will not always be clear, but the cause is sure and the Spirit will bear witness to the truth, and those who live the truth will know the hope and the joy of discipleship in the community of Christ. Amen. -Doctrine and Covenants 161:7
I love walking labyrinths. It is a wonderful way for me to “be still” while moving. When I began walking these meditation paths, I worried about doing it right. Now, I’m more comfortable with just being in the experience.
One of my most memorable experiences occurred during a time of immediate and painful grief at the loss of an important person in my life. My friend and I had planned on walking a labyrinth in Portland together. Now unable to go with her, I went to the labyrinth alone, carrying the sorrow of my great loss.
As I prepared to walk, I watched a woman with a scarf over her head and face walk the labyrinth while holding a rose. My judgmental self thought, “How odd!” But I was soon on my own journey and did not focus on her. I walked the path with an abundance of memories. Some made me smile. Others brought tears.
As I reached the center of the prescribed path, I sat down and wept the deep sorrow of my heart. I cried for the loss of this person whom I would miss in so many ways. At one point I was aware of someone standing over me and realized my friend was there holding me in her love.
When I opened my eyes, prepared to leave the labyrinth for the journey back into my life, I saw that the woman with the scarf had placed her rose at my feet. What a gift of love. I carried it as I walked the outward path. It warmed me with its beauty. It comforted me with its aroma. It reminded me of the grace and love of God still present in my life and the life of my family.
With deep gratitude, I left the rose at the entrance to the labyrinth for another sojourner.
Wherever I am, God is here.
Breathe deeply and prayerfully consider the story you have just read. What is the Spirit’s invitation to you in these words? What does it look like to wake up to God’s presence in this moment?
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