Labyrinth or Maze?
You saw this last week; a picture of the MCC staff on retreat at the Serra Retreat Center in Malibu. We had three activity times that different staff led as surprises: a trip to the Getty Museum of classic art, a craft-making exercise to make a collage describing our discipleship journey and a walk through a labyrinth.
As we prepared to walk the labyrinth together, we were instructed that a labyrinth is not a maze, not a puzzle you must solve or get lost in. A labyrinth as focus, meaning and direction. You can trust the path of a labyrinth to take you deeper and deeper into the center. Whereas you cannot trust the path of a maze. It will often lead into dead ends and double back upon itself.
I kept coming back to the labyrinth in my devotional thoughts this week and in preparation for worship. Is what we do here a labyrinth, taking people deeper and deeper into the heart of Christ or are we more like a maze, where we turn folks loose to try to figure it out on their own?
May our worship be a labyrinth and not a maze.