Labyrinth walks are often filled with surprises. The “labyrinth” we went to investigate at Roma on Gotland Island turned out to be a maze. I wandered off among the Cistercian Abbey ruins until when turning a corner I was overwhelmed by the beauty of an image of Mary holding Jesus. While God often “finds” me in places I expect, like labyrinths, God also loves me in unanticipated ways as well.
For the courage to stay present to suffering, I pray.
Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus was his mother… John 19:25 (NRSV)
Invitation to Pray:
What do you need to hold–even though it hurts beyond what seems possible? As you seek God’s help, what prayers are emerging in your body, mind, heart, and imagination? Pray them now.
Other posts in this series on pilgrimage to Swedish Labyrinths on Gotland Island
1. St. Mary’s Cathedral in Visby
2. Temporary Labyrinth in St. Lars Church Ruins
3. The Trojaborg Labyrinth (outside Visby)
4. Stone Labyrinths
5. Labyrinth Flow
If you are going to Sweden and would like to visit the labyrinths, more information about each one is available on the World-wide Labyrinth Locator.