Some locations are what Celtic Christians described as "Thin Places". Somewhere we get a sense of something else. Wonderful but bigger, more powerful and completely outside ourselves. It could be God, it could just be a sense of how amazing, marvellous and beautiful the universe is. An opportunity to step outside yourself and just be. Celtic Christians believed that Heaven and Earth are only three feet apart, but in thin places, the distance between the two is even closer. Or nonexistent.
Anywhere can be someone's thin place. For Rev T's cousin, L, it's South Africa. She loves the culture, the people, the landscapes. A trip there makes her feel more like herself and at one with the world.
For me, it's Cape Cod ... The scenery is beautiful and there's something about light on a lake or the sea ...
And churches. Particularly old ones. Knowing that people have prayed and worshiped in these spaces reminds me that God's there.
Then there's not so thin places where you can grab some precious moments of peace and quiet.
A coffee shop ... Independents rather than the big chains. Drinking a decent coffee whilst either setting the world to rights with a friend or watching the world go by in between reading my book. A little piece of quiet in a very busy world ...
For many parents, it may be the toilet. It has a lockable door to keep people out. At work, it's the one place where my manager cannot go.