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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 1, 2014

Prayer labyrinth open to the public

By Xiomara Levsen | Jun 27, 2014
This is the area in the middle of the prayer labyrinth where people can sit down to pray after going through the seven circuits.

A local resident has something in her garden she would like more people to know about.

Jeanne and Gary Kos live at 615 W. Adams, in Washington. Tucked away in the back corner of their garden is a prayer labyrinth.

“My hope is that more people would come,” Jeanne said. “In the mailbox there it tells a little bit more about the labyrinth and how to walk it.”

The labyrinth is open to the public, Jeanne said.

“People can come through the cemetery or just park on the street and walk in,” she said.

A bell is there for someone to ring, letting her know you are there to pray in the labyrinth, Jeanne said.

“When people come walk the labyrinth I don’t come out here,” she said. “I think ‘it’s a time for themselves.’ ”

Jeanne decided to have an area in her garden dedicated to someone she knew who had passed away.

“We built this seven years ago in memory of Molly Edmondson,” Kos said. “She was the girl who was killed at Kirkwood [Community College]. I actually gave Molly her first haircut and she was 18 when she was murdered. It was really pretty awful. Her mother, Julie, is still a customer of mine.”

The area is marked with bricks and some of them have people’s names on them, including Edmondson’s, which is at the beginning of the trail of the labyrinth.

“We decided to have it be a prayer labyrinth and a memorial labyrinth, so that’s the brick around [that has] people's names on it,” Kos said, “names of people who have passed away.”

When people come to walk the labyrinth there’s one way in and one way out, and the labyrinth has seven circuits to it.

“You walk around and you think you’re just to the center and you’re not,” Jeanne said, “so you walk around another path until you get there.”

She said she has really enjoyed working on the prayer labyrinth.

 

Comments (1)
Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Jul 02, 2014 22:51

If we could have a lifetime wish
A dream that would come true,
We'd pray to God with all our hearts
For yesterday and You.
A thousand words can't bring you back
We know because we've tried......
Neither will a thousand tears
We know because we've cried....
You left behind our broken hearts
And happy memories too....
But we never wanted memories
We only wanted You 



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