Recently, I organized an evening of Meditation Under the Stars, for our sister community of St. Michael’s, in Brigham City. The garden labyrinth was lit by dozens of candles in the evening darkness. Participants were encouraged to quietly walk the path that winds back and forth – and to clear their minds of daily concerns. Quiet prayerfulness settled over all of us for a blessed and blissful hour. Tai’ze music softly played for those who wanted to chant or to listen, or to move to its rhythms in their meditations.
While these elements were planned and helpful, God provided the most effective qualities of the evening. Set in the garden late at night, the stars above sparkled and the crickets sang.
There were far more stars shining down that candles shining up. The sound of crickets was as constant as any rhythm coming from the chants. All around us was God, demonstrating presence and creation. With every step on the labyrinth, every breath in our chanting, we were reminded that at the very core of all worship we will find God.
Such activities in silence help us appreciate the gifts we’ve been given. God’s gifts are immense, eternal, and all encompassing. We are very precious to God. The creation he surrounds us with tells us of god’s love for us. As I walk the labyrinth, I am reminded of that love in the sparkle of each star and the sound of the crickets’ song.