Right outside the window

From the Celtic spiritual tradition comes the idea of Áit Caol, a "thin place," where heaven and earth are close together, and the veil between the two becomes translucent, giving us an impression of what it's like on the other side.  Perhaps you've experienced this; a sudden feeling of intensity and connectedness, things feeling a little more real than usual.  A thin place might be a physical location; many people experience this in nature, in the mountains, at a spring or near the ocean, in a sacred building.  Or it might be a moment in…
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Plucking Blackberries

Today we read the story of Moses and the burning bush, Exodus 3:1-15.  I got to use one of my favorite lines of poetry in my sermon: Earth's crammed with Heaven, and every common bush afire with God.                   But only he who sees takes off his shoes; the rest sit 'round it and pluck blackberries.                                           (Elizabeth Barrett Browning) If you'd like to find out what that has to do with maple seeds, click the link…
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