Thin Places

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In the wake of the shootings in Theater 9, I have been praying for my heart and the hearts of all to become open to a fresh revelation of Jesus.  In preparation for this week’s sermon, I am reading over the “I AM “ passages of scripture. It is in these giant passages of scripture that I believe God comes the closest to revealing to us the inner truth of His identity. Give some of the “I AM “ passages some time of reflection. Exodus 3:14-15, John 6:35, John 9:5, John 10:7, John 14:6, and John 15:1.

How do hearts become open? The biblical answer; the Spirit of God does it. And the Spirit of God operates in the “thin places”…I owe this metaphor to Celtic Christianity. This way of thinking affirms that there are minimally two layers or dimensions of reality, the visible world  of our ordinary experience of God, and the sacred mysterious less tangible Spirit realm….”Thin places” are places these two levels of reality meet or intersect. They are places where the boundary between the two levels becomes very soft, porous, permeable. Thin places are where the veil momentarily lifts, and we behold God, experiencing the one in whom we live, all around us and within us.

I give thanks to the theologian Marcus Borg for his insight that inspired this devotion. May you find the thin layer this week as we mourn together the loss of life in Theater 9, that the reality of God is affirmed once more to a broken world.

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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