A LABYRINTH FOR LAKESIDE
Located in the garden area adjacent to the Columbarium, the Lakeside Labyrinth is a place of prayer and reflection. The shape of the labyrinth mirrors the keyhole shaped entry and altar space of the Columbarium, thus completing and complimenting this sacred space.
Constructed in the fall of 2012, the labyrinth and the landscaping around it were Eagle Scout projects of Trevor and Cameron Graham. Trevor Graham initially thought of the idea after experiencing a labyrinth walk for himself and hearing comments from other people. His brother Cameron offered to take on other aspects of the project in order to make it manageable for both of them. Both of them raised funds for the project and were generously supported by members of the congregation.
The Grahams, their parents, and teams of volunteers worked for several weeks preparing the site and constructing the labyrinth. We are grateful for this gift and for the opportunities the labyrinth affords all people of faith to commune with God.
The labyrinth is an ancient symbol that goes back thousands of years. About nine hundred years ago the labyrinth was adapted for use within European churches. The labyrinth was used to emulate the believers’s journey to a pilgrimage site to which they were unable to travel, Jerusalem in particular. Today the Christian community has embraced the labyrinth as a symbol of the inward and outward spiritual journey as experienced in walking the winding path.
The labyrinth is not a maze. One cannot get lost. It leads into the center and back out again without any tricks or deceptions. As a metaphor for life and our individual spiritual journey, it has been found to be a wonderful prayer tool that enables individuals to center on God. It twists and turns, as does life, but we are ever walking toward God, our center.