It has been about two weeks or so since I was first introduced to the phrase “thin places” while reading my niece and her husband’s blog, a blog which chronicled (pics included!) their recent journey across Canada. In one of her blog entries she talked about being introduced, by one of her professors whilst in university, to this idea of “thin places.” The phrase peaked my interest so I started to do a bit of reading.
Here is an article, and there are several out there, that describes “thin places,” or in some places “thin spaces.” But essentially what the term means is those places where heaven and earth don’t seem so distant from one one another…be it connecting with a family member, standing on the ocean’s shore, gazing into a sky that is alight with a myriad of stars. Whatever it is for you where you get that sense that this place, this moment, is one in which you feel God’s presence in a more palpable way.
It is no secret that as of late I have been tired and that I have been longing to visit family and friends here in BC. So, we made a 1600+ kilometre trip to get here and it has been so worth it! There have been many “thin places” that have been soul soaking, if you will, and where it is evident that God’s Spirit is present. From walking alone to reading, from standing on oceans shore to sitting on the deck visiting, from watching my kids interact with loved ones to hugs (loving ones!) received, from the sound the water foundation makes to hearing the story of a breast cancer survivor (and she’s so much more than that!), from morning quiet times to conversations/prayer times with passionate Christ-followers, all of these have served as powerful experiences reminding me of God’s presence with us and in his creation.
I don’t know what “thin places” looks like for you, but I’d encourage you to be present in the moment and be attentive to what’s going on around you. I tried to capture a couple of mine that have happened in this last week, these are moments that I will treasure in my heart.
I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever. Ps. 86:12
My long-time friend Cheryll and I. I had the privilege of witnessing her give her whole heart to Christ and the radical transformation that’s followed. She loves her family, loves Jesus, and loves others. She inspires and encourages me. (So does her daughter Tamara!)
What are your thin places?
The Reverend Carmen Kampman is a woman on the road of leadership. Ordained with the PAOC, she is a steward of God’s call to women in ministry. She is on staff at Horizon College & Seminary and a graduate student in the Masters of Leadership program at Briercrest Seminary.