Prayer Labyrinth consecrated by Methodists

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The Rev. Gloria Youngblood, foreground, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Many is shown leading the Consecration Service of the new Prayer Labyrinth on the evening on Thursday, April 18 following a unique Maundy Thursday program. Working on the lovely labyrinth were from left Allen Isgitt, Ross and Ann Williams, Bob and Chris Nolen, Kirt and Diane Voorheis and son, Ross, who is with Boy Scout Troop 80; and Nancy Spiller. Not shown are Boy Scouts Hunter Atkins, Mick O’Neal, and Maddox Lapp, and Randy and Carolyn Martin. The labyrinth is open to the public. (Photo by The Sabine Index)

A consecration service for the new prayer labyrinth, located on the vacant lot across from the Family Life Center of the First United Methodist Church of Many, was hosted on Thursday night, April 18. The service was hosted following the Maundy Thursday services.

A labyrinth is a place to walk and pray. It is a single path that winds its way to the center and back again. Like our life journeys, it has many turns, but unlike a maze, there are no dead ends; the lone path leads, without obstruction, to the center. The path to the center reminds us that God longs to be in the very center of our lives.

Labyrinths are found in the floors of some of the oldest cathedrals in the world, dating back to 1200 A.D. As modern Christians began to long for the ancient practices, labyrinths began to appear in contemporary settings, such as gardens like the one at the Methodist Church.



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