Friday, 27 January 2012

Thin Places

In a sense places do not matter.  God can engage with us wherever we are and whatever we are doing.  Yet some places are special in all sorts of ways and for all sorts or reasons.  Some become special because they are the location of particular experiences, while others are just special anyway.  Some of these we sometimes call ‘thin’ places because we find ourselves especially aware of God’s presence. 

It is worth reflecting as to whether there are places we should go in order to encourage and sustain our spiritual development.  I believe that there is a sense in which Jesus needed to go to the wilderness.  On the other hand he also needed to be on the Mount of Transfiguration.

The Mount of Transfiguration is clearly a 'thin' place. Is the wilderness?  The place of temptation is a place of struggle, a place where you can feel lonely and apart from God.  Yet it is a place of focus and it is a place that needs to be visited. 

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