David Russell Mosley
All Souls’ 2016
The Edge of Elfland
Hudson, New Hampshire
The triduum of Hallows’ eve, All Hallows, and All Souls, is nearly over. And so we enter this time between times. While technically it is still Ordinary Time, there is a definite shift in the air. Halloween reminds us (if All Saints’ and All Souls’ don’t, though they should) that we are entering a time of celebration. Sure, we need the fasting of Advent before we can reach the feast of Christmas, but the air is certainly shifting, and not just (here in New England) because it is getting colder.
When I was younger and even more of a Romantic than I am today, I became rather enamoured with the idea of thin places. While in general, I still agree with the ideas that often put forward with thin places, namely that there are holy spaces where heaven is far closer to earth than in other places, I have to admit I’ve generally fallen out of love with the term. This mostly has to do with the fact that it is associated with “Celtic” Christianity, and yet it appears infrequently in actual texts by ancient Irish authors. Nevertheless, during this time between, I can’t help but wonder if some idea like thin places doesn’t help explain how I feel about this time.
And yet, I do think there are specific places and times that are “thinner” (in some ways I prefer the term thicker here because reality is showing itself more fully). Churches are “thin places” inherently. We ourselves, as Christians, are thin places for we have the Holy Spirit inside us, because we ourselves are temples. And I think there is a way in which times like this period in the calendar is really thinner and is getting increasingly so. Some of that, I believe is the way it makes us aware. Things really do change or become unveiled during this time between times precisely because we are acclimatizing ourselves to this way of seeing, of expecting to find the holy, the unexpected, the real.
So wait and watch with me during this time between times. Let it fill you up to the exclusion of all else, so that we see all else by the Light that is increasingly being revealed to us. Wait with me. Watch with me. Look for the real, for the light, for the Truth.