"THIN PLACES", THE CELTS CALL THIS SPACE
BOTH SEEN AND UNSEEN,
WHERE THE DOOR BETWEEN THE WORLD
AND THE NEXT IS CRACKED OPEN FOR A MOMENT
AND THE LIGHT IS NOT ALL ON THE OTHER SIDE
GOD SHAPED SPACE. HOLY.
So here is one of their posts and the photo from their post:
Pre-Christian cultures in Ireland, revered trees. Some special trees were believed to be portals where passage between the this world and the Otherworld existed. They were called fairy trees.
That belief continues today in some places. Rags or clooties are tied to these trees by believers as a sign of devotion.
This fairy tree is at Killary Harbour in the heart of Connemara - Co. Galway. Today one has to scale a fence with barbed wire to get to it .... and still, the rags are tied."
People from all over will tie rags onto these "thin places" to designate that they felt something special. I find this fascinating. Can Heaven really be just that close? Three feet is less than my arm span. Three feet is just wider than my fridge. Three feet is about half the width of a parking space.
Where are these thin places? How do I know if I have found one? Can you create one?
I believe that there are places where the noise of the world is drowned out. Recently I went to Manhattan, New York and felt one of these thin places. I had spent two days riding subways and touring the city. I walked until my feet hurt. I saw so many people and cars that it made my ears hurt slightly.
But my point is that there really are areas in the world that we can go to muffle the worldly noise in our lives. But were are these places? I would have to say that looking back on my life and all the times I felt the closest to heaven, and yes believed it was less than 3 feet away, are when i took some time and listened. It may have been while I hiked Mount Timpanogos or watched coals burn while camping. It might have been when I got that sweet hug from my daughter. It most likely was when I paused to set my priorities straight and went to the temple or listened a little closer in church.
I want my home to be a thin place. I want it to be a sanctuary from the burdens I carry. I want to feel the love of the Savior and be reminded just how close God and Heaven are to me.
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