A lovely devotional reflection, Thin Spaces, by a spiritual director named Paula Mitchell, was posted as a Holy Week devotional at Godspace last week. It is a beautiful and powerful Christ-centered reflection on what it means to let the light of Christ permeate and shine forth from our lives. It makes a good Easter devotional as we think about the new life and light His resurrection makes possible.
Here’s an excerpt:
The Saints, too, each a thin space unique in their own way
holy ground, fertile soil, pounded thin
by circumstance, pain, suffering
compassion birthed in the soft soil of holy lives given to God.
They prayed that the life of Christ might take root, grow, and produce fruit-
holy ground, fertile ground, given to God
heaven touching earth–thin space
fully alive for the glory of God
he is made perfect not in his strength
but in his weakness.
Thin enough to be broken
Thin enough for the life of Jesus
to break through
reminding us all
it is no longer we who live but the life we now live is Christ’s own life
mysterious, embodied, thin space
Christ in me the hope of glory
not my glory
What about you?
Do you hunger and thirst for thin spaces?
People who let the light of Christ radiate in them
Those who carry the death of Christ in their bodies
so they may carry the life of Christ into the world.
Into your world
that you might know his presence in and with you.
Those who bear his wounds, who share his heart,
who bring compassion and peace
To the chaos of our times
To the chaos of our lives
Sometimes I wonder,
Can I be a thin space?
It’s what I want-
what I hunger and thirst for-
what I’m afraid of-
To become so thin
That the life of Christ
shines through me
radiates from me, is embodied in me
whether I know it or not.
So I no longer live but the life I live in my body is the life
of Christ living in me
For the light shines in the darkness
And the darkness can never ever put it out…
I strongly encourage you to go read the full poem / reflection
Two songs came to mind that tie in well with this reflection.
1. Cynthia Clawson’s Spirit Shine (from her 1986 album Immortal. iTunes link)
2. Matt Redman’s Shine (from his 2006 album Beautiful News. iTunes link)
Click below to see the lyrics to both songs: Read the rest of this entry »