My heart is jumping for joy! I literally cannot believe my eyes! The labyrinth is appearing on the floor of the new chapel here at the seminary in Yangon.
A paper Chartres-style labyrinth diagram had been given to the builders. Thanks to Robert Ferré (www.labyrinth-enterprises.com), the correct measurements were shared. Together with the architect who had never seen a labyrinth before, we came up with a diagram for the dimensions and placement of the first-ever permanent indoor labyrinth in Myanmar.
Day by day, right behind the workers carrying bags of sand, I would walk up the five flights of newly built stairs.
At first, all I could do was to check on the progress of the floor construction.
But then one happy day, I saw more. The workers seemed as pleased as I!
We checked to make sure that the measurements were accurate. Thankfully, they were perfect!
Now, every day is more exciting than the last as more and more of the labyrinth appears. First came the outer turns.
Then more of pathway.
Next, the crown (as the architect here calls it) was installed.
The center was saved for last.
I walked the pathway to make sure all was as it should be. My prayers for all those who would come and pray this labyrinth flowed freely all the way to the center and back out! The next step will be filling in the dividing lines with a black material, shaping jade color terrazzo stone to fill in the path, and installing yellow terrazzo stone around the outside.
I’m leaving the country now, so I won’t be able to watch more of this labyrinth’s birth. I can’t wait to be back to walk it with the seminary community during its dedication in June!
Prayer: May all who work build this labyrinth and all who walk it be blessed by Your Presence, dear God. Amen!
Question for reflection: If you could be the first person to walk a new labyrinth, what would you pray for?
Scriptural Touchstone: “You gave me a place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip.”