September 09-B, 2022

The National Parks 02 Oil Paint Rendered — This is a blend of photographs from Yosemite and Great Smoky Mountains
"Thin Places" is Parker Palmer's term
for "Listening Rooms,"
physical locations that have always
been recognized as sacred areas
by people throughout the ages.

Muir Woods,
Boulder Beach,
Big Creek,
False Kiva,
... the list is long,
standout for me
as holy beyond words,
places where the Numen
is "right here, right now"
for those with the least bit
of sensitivity for ineffable reality.

And it isn't just physical places,
music and art are portkeys as well,
transporting us from one world
to the other world
through the experience of wonder
in the presence of the sublime.

It is important to recognize
where and what moves us beyond ourselves,
and take ourselves there often
to reconnect with the awareness
of more than words can say,
and remind ourselves
of that which is with us always
to the close of the ages--
and live in relation to it
throughout our life.


Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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