Thin Places are those churches, buildings and spaces that make us feel closely connected with the Kingdom of God, as though the veil of this world has been worn thin by prayer. In one sense, every church is a "thin place" whenever the Eucharist is celebrated. When the priest is consecrating the elements at the altar, something very different is happening at the High Altar. The very wall of the building becomes like a gossamer curtain that is slowly pulled open and the separation between this world and the next becomes so thin that is ceases to part them at all. This "thin place" makes Communion possible, because it allows for that moment in which time and space are irrelevant and we are quite literally 'communing' with the Heavenly Host. This moment is exhilarating while at the same time analgesic: it excites us while also giving us a great sense of calm.
As Christians, we love those moments and places that give us such a tangible sense of the spiritual and divine aspects of creation. It brings us comfort in our sorrows and also enlivens us to continue the difficult work of proclaiming the Gospel. There is another step we can take, however, to invigorate that connection. We can make ourselves into "Thin People." Many of us would jump at the chance to be 'thin people' in a very secular sense, and as much as I support our efforts in becoming so, I am using the phrase in a very spiritual manner. Just as certain places have become thin by being worn down through prayer, we too can become 'thin' through prayer. Just as our pews and kneelers show the sign of our predecessors prayers ( the well-worn grooves of butts and knees,) we can show the same wear in our very faces and hands and hearts. We can become people who, when seen by strangers, evoke the sense that they are in the presence of generations of prayer. We can come very close to the Kingdom of God, because we will be walking examples of it. It is the very best way to make disciples: to show the world what a disciple looks like.
May we, through God's Grace, find the time and strength to become "Thin People" in "Thin Places" through prayer, so that, when the world encounters us, they cannot help but see the work of God.