Last week at our Women’s Ministry we were excited to welcome Rev. Dr. Cheryl Dudley, the Regional Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of Metropolitan New York. Previous years have included a Prayer Journey for women powerfully led by Rev. Jacqueline Arnold and other prayer warrior women. This year when the vision of a Prayer Walk was incubating, Rev. Goldie Walker said that she knew someone with a portable labyrinth.
And that is how we came to have Rev. Dr. Cheryl Dudley with us for Women’s Ministry. Not only did she have one portable labyrinth, she brought four. It was great. Two labyrinths were placed in the fellowship hall, a small one in the sanctuary and the largest one was placed in the breezeway. Dr. Dudley began the session with a brief history of the labyrinth. She told us about its presence in places of worship for prayer and contemplation. She followed this with suggestions on how experience the labyrinth in prayer and what to expect.
To say that the night was beyond expectation is the sentiment of the women in attendance. Dr. Dudley let us know that this was her first time guiding so many women in the labyrinth experience. Her dear friend, Rev. Lisa Harris Lee accompanied her. This was a bonus for us, as Rev. Lisa served as an associate minister with us at Highland Park prior to her marriage.
It was a night of spiritual insight and inspiration. As someone whispered in my ear, ‘chains are being broken, healing is taking place and prayers are being answered.’ The atmosphere was radiant. Listening to the women who reflected, it was palpable that divine encounters were in the atmosphere. The plans that we made for the evening were touched by the Spirit of God and the ministry was beyond our imagining.
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