Thinking Thursday: The Way Through the Labyrinth

Labyrinth_at_Chartres_Cathedral

In the nave of many medieval cathedrals a two-dimensional labyrinth is laid out in the paving. Within a small amount of space a ‘journey’ of amazing length is possible. The one in Chartres Cathedral (above) has a diameter of only 12.85m but the path is 261.5m long. These labyrinths are how the Church ‘Christianised’ an ancient pagan myth, the concept of which was the possibility that the traveller would be consumed by some evil force within, no help being available from the outside.

The Christian labyrinth represents the road towards the heavenly city or the path of spiritual growth. It may seem at times that we are going back on ourselves, even almost back where we started, such are the trials and, at times, failures of our Christian walk. But you always get out of Christian labyrinths.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith–more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire–may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:3-9)

Help is available from the Spirit of Christ who travels with us and no matter how convoluted the path, God’s road leads home. It is our part to co-operate with His Spirit, guided by His Word, as pilgrims together on the journey.

If you feel anxious about what lies around the next corner of your life, place your trust in God.

[Taken from Inspiring Women Every Day]

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About Ann Marie Thomas

Married since 1974, Christian since 1986, 4 children, 4 grand children, disabled with fibromyalgia but was working almost full time until a stroke in May 2010 changed my life completely. Writing poetry and making up stories since I was a child, I only started to write seriously when my children were grown. My main ambition is to write science fiction, but along the way I got distracted by local history and poetry about my stroke. Taking early retirement gave me the chance to concentrate on my writing. My book, Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth, was published in print and ebook at Easter 2012. The success of Alina led to the publication of Broken Reed: The Lords of Gower and King John in September 2013, and The Magna Carta Story at Easter 2015. I am still writing science fiction - a series of novels called Flight of the Kestrel. For all my author news, see me author blog at www.annmariethomas.me.uk
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