ExperienceToday’s Word: ‘experience’ as in… the edge is off our experience if we our eyes don’t lift to the horizon and our ears don’t hear the sounds around us.

I just had a remarkable conversation about ‘thin places’ with a good friend of mine. We were sitting on the outdoor patio of a local Caffeine Palace trying to put into words what what’s happening when we have an inkling of heaven and earth nearly touching; heaven and earth coming together in some beautifully mysterious way. And no kidding, all of a sudden I was aware of some sounds: a red winged blackbird let out it’s beautiful trill. I looked around but couldn’t see it. I heard it, but couldn’t find it. Then I heard a wind chime. I heard it. I actually heard a wind chime. And as I looked around I realized that the wind chime I heard wasn’t there on that patio.

It was at my home on the deck.

The bird, the wind chime: tangible, common, ordinary ways of experiencing something intangible, uncommon and extraordinary. I know that for some this is so “out there” or something along the lines of ‘woo-woo’ whatever they mean by that. But I also know that there are some ancient words in the Gospel of John (3:8) that remind us that “The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” So today, just for today, let’s practice lifting our eyes to the horizon and listen to the sounds around us. What an experience that will be!


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