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Thin Places & Thresholds

October 18, 2018

I have begun to savor Christine Valters Paintner’s book The Soul’s Slow Ripening: 12 Celtic Practices for Seeking the Sacred. She has given me pause to reflect on my own spiritual journey and the thin places I have encountered. As she says in Chapter 1: The Practices of Thresholds — “Thresholds were important to the ancient Irish monks… thresholds are the space in between… thin tones or places where heaven and earth are closer together and the veil between worlds is thin.”

As I contemplate Thresholds and Thin Places in my own life, I am overwhelmed by the depth of of it all.

A holy place in the Irish countryside that was made holy not by some spectacular act of God, but rather by the humble prayers of so many…

Trees were considered sacred by the ancient Druids of pre-Christian Ireland. So many that we saw were truly holy spots… using the vivid imagination of my Celtic spiritual ancestors, I could see the trees come alive during our time in Ireland. They spoke to me of ancient and secret spiritual truths…

A cleft in the otherwise perfectly constructed wall shielded a delicate fern which clung tenaciously to life in an awkward spot in the remote countryside. Much like our lives cling precariously between sanity and calm… and chaos in our daily lives.

There are so many places, Lord… where the divide between heaven and earth are so thin… here in Colorado we have experienced the thin places as we did in Ireland. Plus, how do you not sense the sacred when you spend time quietly with such magnificent creatures?

Bull Moose in the Rocky Mountain National Park

Female Elk in Estes Park

Rocky Mountain Mule Deer Buck in Rocky Mountain National Park

Female Rocky Mountain Mule Deer in Estes Park

Bull Elk bugling in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Trout in Rocky Mountain National Park

Marmots in Rocky Mountain National Park

Pika in Rocky Mountain National Park

Lord, thank you for the places where we can sense and experience the Holy… May we have the patience to simply be still on such thresholds and be in your presence…

For such gifts I am truly thankful… in such settings I know the power of the prayer… Dona Nobis Pacem et in Terra… Grant Us Peace on Earth ❤️❤️

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