FRIDAY 5 : THIN PLACES

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    So every Friday I am going to give you a 5 minute worship idea to do as part of your quiet time, family worship or at some point during your day. Maybe take 5 while eating your lunch in the car, or while the baby has a nap. Wherever, whenever if we put time aside Jesus joins us! Today I invite you to  speak an ancient prayer…

    The Celtic Christians talked about ‘thin places’ where the separation between heaven and earth felt thin. If I have ever encountered anything like this, what some may call an ‘open heaven’ moment, it is on the Cornish coast. There is a space there, a clarity in the air, a whisper on the breeze that I have not found anywhere else. I have visited mega churches, grand cathedrals, and many conferences but no where has brought me closer to God that standing on a cliff path looking out across the sea. One moment in particular, a time of complete unexpected encounter was on a jagged heathy path and the rain clouds of the holyspirit were opened. For a few seconds in time all seemed clear, peaceful and straightforward. It brought clarity to my thinking and renewal to my spirit.  I am not suggesting we attempt to pitch our tents in such places; they are meant to fuel us and propel us forward not be places we attempt to control and contain but such moments of epiphany and encounter are necessary to fuel our faith. While I continue to pursue God and life, my heart is on the look out for such times as this everyday.

    We will not be going on our annual trip to Cornwall this Easter. A sadness rises in me at this. It is the first year that I have not been for as long as I can remember. It has been a constant feature of my year for at least the last twenty. On days where the sky is blue and a cool breeze blows, maybe even the sound of a seagull overhead ( despite being in Yorkshire!) I feel the Cornish call. I look forward to the epic journey south and anticipate the excitement as the sea peeps over the line of trees and the first sight of St Michaels Mount is made and the silhouettes of the acacia like trees on the Penzance hill stand spiky on the horizon;  the holiday only just beginning…However now, today, this year, the challenge is to find that space right here right now. To find those ‘thin places’ in my work, my week, my home, my family.

    If your heart echoes this then take a few minutes today to pray this celtic prayer…

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