WALKING THE LABYRINTH
By LORETTA FULTON
Sue Lucas went from being a skeptic about labyrinths to an evangelist and all it took was an open mind and the enthusiasm of those who understand the spiritual benefits.
The conversion experience came during a workshop on labyrinths at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. Most of the people attending had walked labyrinths in various places all over the country and even in Europe. Their enthusiasm was contagious.
“That was my first inkling that maybe I ought to open myself up to this experience,” Lucas said during the September meeting of the Abilene Association of Congregations.
Lucas is a retired psychology professor at Hardin-Simmons University, a member of First Central Presbyterian Church, and a sometimes-preacher. On Wednesday, Sept. 25, she was preaching.
After deciding to take another look at the labyrinth experience, Lucas opened her mind. She realized there was no right or wrong way to walk a labyrinth. Walkers set their own pace. Lucas was used to doing everything fast but slowed down on her walk. The benefit was immediate.
“There was this calm,” she said. “I don’t have to rush.”
The clincher came when Lucas visited her native Louisville, Kentucky. The cardinal is the state bird of Kentucky and also the mascot for the University of Louisville. While in Louisville, Lucas found a labyrinth to walk and during the walk a cardinal flew over.
“Oh God, I get it,” she exclaimed. “I came home and I was hooked.”
Lucas advised any skeptics in the audience to give it a try. There are at least three labyrinths in Abilene, and all are open to the public–on the campus of Abilene Christian University in front of the Hunter Welcome Center, at Exodus Metropolitan Church, 1933 S. 2th St., and at First Central Presbyterian Church, 400 Orange St.
“This is one of the closest senses I get of walking with God,” Lucas said.