A Quest for “Thin Places”
As if to echo Barry’s verse, Celtic tradition speaks of thin places—where earth and heaven, time and eternity, brush so closely as nearly to merge.
Picture an old monk at Lindesfarne absorbed in his morning devotions, an abbess at Whitby breathing a grateful sigh after resolving a dispute among her charges, a young hand at Iona catching a waft of sea breeze while strolling the island banks at dusk…
Envision Barry, the Kentucky farmer, surveying rolling hills or starlit skies… Or yourself, mesmerized by a sculpture or painting, symphony or song, novel or poem.
Yes, the arts too—visual, musical, literary—can lead us to thin places. This quest has been the itinerary of a three-part mini-course I’ve delighted in leading, “Easter Joy: Sweet Samples from the Arts.” The final session, featuring literary works, convenes this Wednesday. See below and join us.
A thin place may be waiting for you along the way.
— The Rev. Canon Tom Kryder-Reid