Emma had set up a labyrinth in the chapel space and we were encouraged to go and spend some time walking it when we’d eaten enough cake.
Around the labyrinth were a series of short bible passages along with questions to help reflection. The passages led through the story of Jesus calming the storm.
That day when evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.”
In what ways is Jesus calling you to go outside your comfort zone? When have you done something unexpected because of your faith?
Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with hi. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.
What storms are you experiencing? How do you react when you’re feeling overwhelmed?
Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
Why was Jesus sleeping when his friends were in danger and afraid? Have you ever felt like Jesus was absent?
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves. “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
Why was Jesus reluctant to use his power over the storm until his disciples asked him? Why do you think Jesus doesn’t always calm our storms immediately?
He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
What is your biggest fear? Does fear or faith dictate most of your decisions?
They were terrified and asked each other, “who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
Who is Jesus to you? What experiences have shaped the way you see Him or your relationship with God?
At the centre of the labyrinth was a craft activity (It was Emma leading after all!). There were instructions for folding an origami boat. It wasn’t the easiest folding, but it offered space to reflect as you followed the instructions. Most of us managed to make a boat that resembled the picture on the instructions!
We retraced our path out of the labyrinth and back to more coffee and cake and a great discussion about the various things we had reflected upon.