That is a term used in the book, "The Heart of Christianity," by Marcus Borg. It's a pretty deep book, put together by a major theologian. His description of "thin places" is where our reality in the visual world overlaps with God to make a moment into something deeper and spiritual. I've written somewhat about this in the past. It matches with what I call God moments, where good things just happen out of nowhere, seem more than just circumstantial, and bring a certain surrealness and gratitude with them. As examples this week:
1. Receiving a card from a new student's past teacher, to wish me luck with him (he's a good student) and to tell me she is friends with a family in which I've taught their daughter and will teach their son this year. This is the same daughter who helped me with UWM's College for Kids box project two weeks ago. That card came out of the blue. When you have so many of these types of things happen, you have to think more about God and His blessings.
2. Spent time with a former student who is leaving my school. He was a good egg, who I happened to nickname Pizza! Pizza! while in class. Of course, he had to get a pizza slice floatie for his pool. I was invited over for dinner and gave him a bald eagle box as a going away gift and some inspiration. What a fun time we had swimming together, with me on the pizza slice floatie, of course eating dinner and conversing with his grandparents. It was a wonderful night and I was filled with gratitude for the invite and conversation.
3. My friend Corey, who I met at Cardinal Stritch as a professor, teaches in the Education Dept. Yesterday, he was helping to lead a conference at Stritch for newer education students. But he had a flat tire when he got there, so needed some help. I drove over to help him, followed him to a tire place that was close and then drove him back to Stritch. We re-entered the conference as four newer teachers who had recently graduated from Stritch master's program, as I did ten years ago, were sitting up front of all the newer students, as a panel to answer questions. After I met the facilitator of the room, I mentioned to her that I had been teaching now for twelve years, and also received my MAT from Stritch. She said, "Do you want to join the panel?" So, I did! And I just happened to be wearing my red Cardinal Stritch t-shirt yesterday. That is crazy. And I consider it a thin place.
I hope you have a thin place this week. I will be presenting my first corporate box workshop tomorrow, so expect a thin place tomorrow as well. We shall see, but I trust.
Blessings to you all. XO