I walked our new prayer trail before the first service on Sunday. It was a beautiful morning to get alone with God. The view from the ridge is great...surprising how far you can see.
|Jayne Rechtzigel gets a lesson|
from Dave Johnson
But it got me thinking about the genesis of the idea for a trail. Some people might wonder what all the interest is about in a prayer trail. You might wonder what a prayer trail even is. So let me back up and explain...
Way back before Cedarbrook was even an official church we had a small group of about eight people. We studied a book that covered seven ways that people make a connection with God. I can't remember what all the ways were...I think one was through service. One was more intellectual, like by reading. But I know that one was in creation. In fact, of the eight people in the group I think six of us said that was the primary way we connect with God.
|Remy teaches himself how to drive a bobcat|
by trial and error.
I can remember saying...if that is the primary way of connecting to God for such a majority of people it's funny that churches don't capitalize on this more. And then I said...if we ever are able to buy land and build wouldn't it be nice to have a trail that people could walk to connect with God?
Everyone agreed but I'm sure it seemed like a pipe dream at the time since we hadn't even started holding services. Fast forward ten years. We not only have a church but we have a building and our own brand spanking new prayer trail! I love seeing dreams become reality! You never know what can happen when you Dream BIG!
This trail isn't just for Cedarbrookers. It's our gift to the community. Invite your friends. We will only allow Cedarbrookers to offer memorials (simply due to the limitation of space) but anyone can use the trail; and they don't have to pray either! But my guess is that by the time they walk the half mile and read the signs that they will have offered a prayer after all.
Yet to come are three large crosses on the hill, seven stations signs with a scripture (for example; comfort, guidance, healing, restoration, hope, etc.), and more landscape. We are still working on how to manage memorials. But the idea is that Cedarbrookers can purchase a plant or tree (from our list of preapproved plants) and have it planted with a sign noting a loved one. We will publish information on this as the details are worked out.
Also, we are working on a brochure to help guide people through the prayer stations and suggest how they might use the trail to pray.
Now...get out there and enjoy it and tell a friend!