There are moments and places where we feel noticeably closer to God. This can be caused by the physical location. For example, I have heard many people mention they felt power when they stood at certain places in the Holy Land. It can also be caused by an experience – such as the birth of a child. Celtic tradition calls this phenomena “think places.”
Mary experiences a ‘thin place’ just after Jesus is born when the shepherds visit. They tell her of the angel’s visit and of the multitude of angels singing praise to God as they announce the Savior’s birth. She treasures and ponders all of these things in her heart. Once again Mary is draw a little closed to Go din these moments.
According to tradition, a thin place is not where God draws closer to us – for He is always omnipresent. It is a place where we allow ourselves to drop the veil we hold up and we draw closer to God. We allow God’s mystery and incarnation to surround us. In this holy season, quiet yourself and allow Christ to be born anew within you. Be still and know that He is God.
Scripture reference: Luke 2: 1-20