Recognize the Thin Places

There are moments when the boundary between heaven and earth, or the physical and the spiritual, seems to dissolve. The ancient Celtics and Celtic Christians referred to such glimpses of the eternal as “thin places.” Many authors have written about thin places, and where such places can be found. I recognize my thin places when I feel a particularly strong connection to the past and its teachers, to the point of almost “being there.”

It could be a river carving through a valley…

Frio RIver, Texas


Or it could be a sacred place…

Church in Fredericksburg, TX


Or maybe a gathering storm.

San Antonio sky


The important part is to recognize the thin places and keep those moments with me. They have given me hope, inspired lyrical poetry and even sustained me through months of sleeping in a park. When I need strength, inspiration or peace, I thank God for these times and places, which remind me that He meets us where we are and knows our deepest desires before we even ask.

Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. Isaiah 30:20

Then he turned to his disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.  For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”           Luke 10:23-24



17 Replies to “Recognize the Thin Places”

  1. Through my travels, I have definitely felt that certain places do feel thinner in terms of that boundary. It is very intense, and to realize that some inner struggles and awakenings seem to happen in part because of these places is really fun to think about. I am also happy that your photos are from Texas 🙂 The sky above Austin has been pretty crazy lately, sometimes I will just watch it for so long, feeling so many different things as those clouds move.

  2. I love that term, thin places. I had not heard that before. I too have seen thin places and felt I stepped through and then back. Life is never quite the same after one of those experiences, and it shouldn’t be.

    I also enjoyed your pictures of Texas. Beautiful country.

  3. Beautiful Judith! Lovely, lovely writing dear! Your writing (and spiritual life), has taken off onto a new plateau and this is super!! Keep exploring the soul and all her beauty. Keep exploring nature in all her resplendence. Protect and guard your inner room, leave for the One who is Holy. Peace and Love with you always, dear!!

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