Psalm 105:4 (ESV)
“Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually.”
Are you seeking?
“Worship constitutes the central setting in which the charge is given: “Seek YHWY and his strength; seek his face continually.” William P. Brown, is his book, Seeing the Psalms: A Theology of Metaphor, goes on the explain today’s passage, “It is in the temple or, more broadly, in God’s “Sanctuary presence” that God’s face is beheld.” Accordingly, those entering the temple can encounter the face of the divine. Such a wonderful promise. It is the assurance that God can be found in a place. We no longer need wander until God appears to us. This is well and good, but we Christians don’t go to the temple, and in these “COVID times” were not entering a sanctuary anytime soon. This means we must seek the divine presence elsewhere, with masks on, and socially distanced. It may sound fruitless, but the ancient Celts had a great belief, “thin places.” These are special places “when the veil between heaven and earth seems thin and every day.” A “thin place” describes a place in time where the space between heaven and earth grows thin and the Sacred and the secular seem to meet. The Celtics were deeply connected to the natural world and considered the Divine to be in the ordinary elements of everyday life. Though, for the ancient Celts the thin places were identified by specific locations and dates, we Christians can realize them as situations and stations were the Divine presence is undeniable. For me, I find my thin place surrounded by the books of my faith. In addition, I find my thin place in the aged settings of our faith: old church foundations, vacant pulpits, tarnished ware of a Communion set, on my knees beside the bed, to mention a few. In the midst of our pandemic, Are you seeking? Are you seeking the strength of the Lord to face your challenges? Consider finding your thin place. Try creating your thin place: regularly retreating to a special place to pray and reflect. You may be surprise by the Lord’s presence. Are you seeking? I hope you are.
“Stop seeking the presents of God, and start seeking the presence of God” Anonymous
 Brown, William P., Seeing the Psalms: A Theology of Metaphor, Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, © 2002, p. 173.
 Asacredjourney.net, “Thin Places, Holy Spaces: Where Do You Encounter God?”