Today I was grateful for the “thin places” in life. No, i’m to talking about diet centers or workout gyms! I’m talking about a whole different definition of the word “thin”. “Thin places” is a phrase used by the Irish to describe the places and times in our lives when the separation between this world and the next is very thin. It is those places and moments in our lives when we have a real sense of the presence of God. There’s an old Celtic saying that says heaven and earth are only three feet apart, but in the thin places, the distance is even less . For some of you that may sound far fetched. But for this Celtic woman, it makes perfect sense.
These deep days of winter here in the Hudson Valley/ Berkshires are thin places for me. I’m not sure if it is the quiet, the starkness of the landscape, or the desire to hunker down and turn inward on these cold days. But I definitely experience God in the silence of these days. It’s not an exuberant experience of God. It’s a silent knowing that I am not alone, that there is a presence here with me in the cold and the quiet actively leading me, loving me.
Driving through the countryside today, I was filled with gratitude for the silence and the Presence in the midst of it all. And grateful that the wonder of life and of God is so beyond just what we can see and hear and touch. Sometimes it takes the stillness of these days to recognize that.
Where are your “thin places”?
2 thoughts on “Attitude of Gratitude: Day 7 — Thin Places”
I really loved your post today. Your words echoed my experiences as a Celtic woman, and a resident of LItchfield County. One of my most vivid thin place experiences was when my 100 year old plus Irish grandmother was very ill, We were sure she was on her way to heaven only to remain with us for 2+ more years. Those of us that spent time by her hospital bedside were wrapped in God’s loving embrace we were experiencing that thin place in a very palpable way. As you said in you post we can experience that thin place in our everyday life even when driving around in our cars! . I have been blessed to have many thin place experiences. Isn’t God great! Blessings to you this new year. 🙂
Thanks, Lanie — so good to hear from fellow Celtic women!