Places, Thin and Holy

Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 118:25-27
© Hilary F. Marckx, all rights reserved

The Thin Place where God
might be seen is not enclosed,
but enclosures can represent that place—
as can pillars, posts, stones, trees, and boxes.
In the places we worship:
hillsides, mountain tops,
temples, synagogues, mosques
churches, cathedrals,
exist Thin Places where we
are able to see through
our selves and
see that which is divine.

Sing our songs lively and loud!
Shout out our praises!
Raise our hands!
Bow our hearts!
Feel, sense, experience
the holiness of this place!

For here, here,
in this place,
as in all the places
where seekers of the holy, seek,
the Presence of the Divine One
is present—

Praising Through The Thin Places

Psalm 150; 1 Chronicles 25:1-3; 2 Chronicles 5:7-14
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This is our fullest song;
this is a song of praise:
our voices lifted up,
hearts bursting with joy,
lives full of gratitude;
praises shouted out,
for the grace we are given–
for the lives we are living.
And it is through this song
that we
step, move, see,
through the thin places
that separate us
from the reality of the Sacred.
We sing praise in our
places of work,
centers of worship,
our hearts,
and we sing our song with our whole being,
and we sing creation into being,
because our song
the song of our hearts–our whole being,
is learned from the
One Who Is the
Singer of all Things!

Thin Places #1

So Thin

Psalm 50:1-6
Mark 9:2-10
© Hilary F. Marckx, all rights reserved

Walls so thin you can hear so well
you can almost see through them.
We’ve been there…
Maybe it was our first apartment,
or the only motel we could find
in some isolated, one-horse town.
And suddenly we learn more about our
neighbors than we ever wanted to know—

Then, there are those places of thinness
between our very existence
and some other reality.
Places where we
can almost see eternity,
touch the holy,
and we feel sacredness
deep in our bones!

Thin places between now and then,
where the lives we live are
called into light and being.
Thin places where
we find we are no longer who we were,
but who we are.
Thin places where
we discover we are approved
by all that is holy.