Walking the Luna-lit Labyrinth
This week, hundreds of Episcopal parishes rang their church bells 59 times in mourning for the victims of the Las Vegas shooting. Last night, Redeemer participated in this practice by chiming our church’s Tibetan Tingsha cymbals 59 times before several of us walked the prayer labyrinth under the full Harvest moon. In anticipation of this Sunday’s St. Francis Blessing of the Animals, an unexpected furry visitor joined us on the labyrinth, greeting each of us with a friendly meow. (I found out today that her name is Elastigirl.) As we remembered the many victims of violence, some of us renewed our commitment to compassion, empathy, unity and liberation; as well as our commitment to sharing with others the liberation that is to be found in our belovedness. We then concluded by singing some Taizé chants and the song “Free Fallin’” from the album Full Moon Fever by the late Tom Petty. I imagine St. Francis would have been proud; and I look forward to celebrating his special day with you and many more furry visitors this Sunday.