Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart! Naught be all else to me, save that thou art. Thou my best thought, by day or by night. Waking or sleeping, thy presence my light. (trans. Eleanor Hull)

One of my favorite hymns, of ancient Celtic (Irish) origin, this beautiful song will be part of our worship this weekend in our second service.

It is a classic, for so many reasons, and beloved by traditional and contemporary musicians alike. For its lyrics remind us that of all the things that can light up our lives, it is only God who will be the true Light through which we will find the life that we are meant to have.

One of of the reasons for this selection is that, as part of our series about the beatitudes, we will be talking about “thin places.”

This is another Celtic concept, originally introduced to me by the head of one of our national conference centers. A “thin place” is a location where heaven and earth come so close together that we can see God.

Often this happens in the form of a mountaintop experience. Sometimes it’s when we find comfort in the valleys of life. But always, there is a common thread that we see some small glimpse of the kingdom that illumines our lives and gives our hearts the push forward that we need.

As we move toward the new school year, my Installation, and all the wonders of the year to come, my prayer for us is that FPC will become a “thin place” as we are seek Christ together and that God will give us the push we need to see the future God holds.

Blessings, Pastor Janie

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