A Deepening Relationship with God
Disciples believe that there are many paths to a deepening relationship with God, and we encourage one another to find the path best suited to each of us. Some of the spiritual practices seekers rely on to help us on our journey are:
The labyrinth is a powerful symbol of the spiritual journey that was introduced into medieval prayer practice when the traditional pilgrimages to the Holy Land became too dangerous for most travelers. This long-forgotten mystical tradition is being rediscovered and utilized in many places.
The path of a labyrinth is not a maze but rather a single path that leads to the center of the labyrinth and then leads back out of the labyrinth. The walk toward the center of labyrinth provides time to identify the distractions and habits in our lives that separate us from God. It is a time when we let go of those things and a time that prepares us to spend time with God when the center of the labyrinth is reached. At the center, we spend time listening for God's guidance and sensing God's deep affection for us. When ready, we begin the walk out from the center. The walk away from the center of the labyrinth provides time to prepare to reenter life with a renewed commitment to following God's desire for our lives.
In 2008 Bellevue Christian Church created an eight-circuit labyrinth design next to the church with the entrance and exit facing west. The bricks were donated by members and the Union Station Brick Company in Nashville. Tim Towers of Nashville marked the labyrinth pattern on the ground, and then he, along with church members and landscape workers, completed the labyrinth. The community is welcome to utilize it.