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Living Well

‘Thin places’

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August 21st, 2012

The early Celtic Christians had a particular penchant for meeting the Lord in creation lakes, hills, caves, storms, the creatures of the woods, explains author T. M. Moore. Their prayers and poems are filled with wonder and gratitude because of what they encountered in those thin places where, as they saw it, the spiritual and temporal worlds are more closely connected. While God is in all places at all times (Psalm 139), there are many biblical examples where God s presence is seen or felt more strongly. Some are miraculous, such as the encounter with Moses at the burning bush, but most are commonplace, such as worship services in the temple and house churches. Jesus instructed the disciples to go into an inner room and close the door to pray. Modern thin places vary widely. Millions of Muslims make a pilgrimage to Mecca. There are over 4,000 labyrinths in the U.S. that many find to be a path that inspires prayer and emotional healing. Ken Urban, a Living Faith reader from Colorado and avid golfer, developed a list of 18 Bible verses to live by. Whenever he finds himself waiting somewhere, he plays 18 holes by meditating on those verses. Many of my most intimate times with God occur in my den, in the middle of the night when I m having trouble sleeping, swiveling in my desk chair (I wore out a rocking chair years ago), with Bible and journal open and pen in hand. The fears, worries, and pressures that keep me awake fade into the silence and darkness. As we meet God in our own thin places, we experience God s wonder and power more consistently in everyday circumstances. Every place then becomes a thin place. To get started, I offer St. Patrick s Prayer of the Faithful : May the Strength of God guide us. May the Power of God preserve us. May the Wisdom of God instruct us. May the Hand of God protect us. May the Way of God direct us. May the Shield of God defend us. May the Angels of God guard us. Against the snares of the evil one May Thy Grace, Lord, Always be ours, This day, O Lord, and forevermore. Amen.