The Unexpected: Pilgrimage to Swedish Labyrinths On Gotland Island-6

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.

Mary holding her dead son, Roma ruins on Gotland by Jill K H Geoffrion
Mary holding the body of her dead son.

My Prayer

For the courage to stay present to suffering, I pray.

Mary holding her dead son, Roma ruins on Gotland by Jill K H Geoffrion
Christ on the cross carved into the face of Jesus

Scriptural Touchstone: 

Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus was his mother… John 19:25 (NRSV)

Mary holding her dead son, Roma ruins on Gotland by Jill K H GeoffrionInvitation 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.

 

Mary holding her dead son, Roma ruins on Gotland by Sandy
With thanks to Sandy Koppman for taking this photo

 

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.

Mary holding her dead son, Roma ruins on Gotland by Jill K H Geoffrion

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Jill K H Geoffrion

Serving Christ as a contemplative minister and artist by compassionately and creatively inspiring others to seek a deeper relationship with God and a more meaningful life of service.

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