Bethlehem

Christmas Advent: The Twenty-Ninth Day »

December 13th, 2012    Posted in Daily Meditations

Thin Places (Part III) More hectic than holy? If you visit Bethlehem today, you’ll find that it doesn’t have the same kind of pastoral, quiet and mystical aura of a thin place like Iona. There’s jostling with a long line of pilgrims waiting to get into the Church of the Nativity, monks yelling instructions to be quiet, cameras flashing, security officers mulling about — all for people to get one […]

Christmas Advent: The Twenty-Seventh Day »

December 11th, 2012    Posted in Daily Meditations

Thin Places (Part II) Bethlehem, a thin place The prophet Micah called the people of Judah to focus hard on finding a thin place in the midst of the thick and foreboding threat of foreign invasion. Like a raging storm, the Assyrian invaders were bearing down on them to sweep them away as God’s instrument of judgment against his people. They would dodge that particular fate at the hands of […]

Christmas Advent: The Twenty-Sixth Day »

December 10th, 2012    Posted in Daily Meditations

Thin Places (Part I) A thin place, according to the ancients, was the small space between heaven and Earth, and if you could find such a space, you were indeed blessed. Was — is — Bethlehem such a place? The Isle of Iona in Scotland is a tiny, windswept place in the western Hebrides off the western coast of Scotland. It’s a skinny little island, only about 3.5 miles long […]