Dear Dyersburg FUMC,

Mary Beth is taking a few days off so I told her I would find something for the newsletter’s front page article. When I mentioned this to Dakota, he said that I should use a “Blast from the Past” -an article written by a former pastor. As I looked through past articles, I knew I had found the perfect one because it reminded me of Mary Beth’s words that during Lent we should seek God in the silence. The article was written by our former Associate Pastor, Rev. Dell King.

Patti Lou Parker

 Do you have a thin place? I’m not talking about a workout room that helps you keep fit and trim. A “thin place” is a term used in Celtic spirituality to describe a place where the boundary between heaven and earth is especially thin. It’s a place where we can sense the divine more readily. In other words, a thin place is a place where we easily feel our relationship with God.

If you have ever experienced such a place, you might say “I can sense God’s presence here” or “I feel especially close to God here.” Your thin place might be a very special spot in our sanctuary near a favorite stained glass window, or a pew that affords a particular view of the altar. Sometimes a thin place is not a place at all, but rather a sound, or a smell, or a feeling that evokes a sense which brings you closer to God.

Maybe your thin place is in a garden. Many consider the Garden of Eden to be the first thin place. Or perhaps, you feel closest to God in the mountains. Remember Moses’ experience on Mt. Sinai? Surely that’s a thin place.

My thin place is not a specific place, but all of my thin places have been spots where water was nearby. Running streams, farm ponds, rivers, bubbling fountains are usually nearby when I find my thin place. Water always evokes a memory of Jesus’ baptism in the Jordon, and the experience of water connects me to Him. Whenever I sense the presence of water, I feel a little closer to God, and my prayers flow more easily. Whenever I am in my thin place, I feel a special joy and peace.

I think the psalmist was in a thin place when he wrote this:

How lovely is your dwelling place,
O Lordof hosts!
My soul longs, indeed it faints
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh sing for joy
to the living God. (Psalm 84:1-2)

I pray that you have found your thin place –the place where your heart sings for joy to the living God.