Labyrinth walk honors shooting victim
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When Kingwood resident Diana Barker was accidentally shot Jan. 13 at Raffa's restaurant, no one realized how difficult her recovery would be. After two surgeries and weeks of rehab, Barker still has a long road ahead. Friends wanted to help, but Barker has had little energy for visits or room for flowers. Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Kingwood, where the Barkers are long-time members, decided to express their support for the family by dedicating their Feb. 13 labyrinth walk to prayer for Diana's recovery. A labyrinth is a spiritual tool used for walking prayer or meditation. It consists of a single path that winds and curves, finally arriving at the center. A walker spends a few minutes in stillness at the center before beginning the journey back to the entrance following the same path. On Feb. 13, 49 people came to Good Shepherd to "Walk for Diana." Many walked the canvas labyrinth on the floor in the church hall. Others "walked" with fingers or beads, using small versions of the labyrinth pattern on cloth, paper and wood. Throughout the practice, each participant held a small, glass flower bead, a reminder of Barker, who has been active in the church's flower guild as well as the Kingwood Garden Club. Upon leaving the labyrinth, walkers deposited their beads in a bowl and signed "I Walked a Labyrinth for You" cards. The cards and beads were presented to Barker the following week, along with notes and photos from distant friends who walked labyrinths in other states and countries. After the walk, one walker commented, "It just occurred to me that the labyrinth is a very good metaphor for the recovery process - lots of twists and turns and sometimes you feel like you're not getting anywhere and then, all of a sudden, you make it to the end!" "Mom's friends and the church have been such a blessing to us all. It is definitely making her stronger. Please express our family's sincere thanks to all involved and those that came," said Barker's son, Matt. Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 2929 Woodland Hills Drive, Kingwood, offers labyrinth walks each quarter. For information about future walks, call the church office at 281-358-3154 or visit www.goodshepherdkingwood.org. Pictured: Members of the community show their support by participating in Good Shepherd Episcopal's labyrinth walk. Good Shepherd Episcopal Church holds labyrinth walk for Diana Barker.