Thought For The Week
Iona is often referred to as a “thin place” - where the veil is thin between heaven and earth. Is there any reality in this notion? Are there really some special places where those who have the time, health and money to get there may encounter God?
What is it about Iona which attracts so many spiritual pilgrims and seekers? Perhaps there is a stronger spiritual energy because it has been a place of prayer and pilgrimage for centuries, or perhaps it has something to do with the ancient rocks and a sense of timelessness. Or perhaps it is in some way subjective, as people come with high expectations, away from life’s distractions and seeking a spiritual experience.
Many visitors to
Iona value a pilgrimage walk to St Columba’s Bay. Before returning to the village, there is a pause at a high viewpoint to consider ‘mountaintop’ experiences. Jesus took three of his disciples up a mountain (Matthew Ch.17) where they saw his glory revealed. They wanted to stay there but no, they had to go back down the mountain and engage with the challenges of ordinary life. So it is for us. The thing to hold onto is the certainty that God is just as close to us in the workplace, in the humdrum business of everyday life, in a hospital bed, as he is in the mountaintop experiences of life, for Jesus has promised “I will never leave you or forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5.
Rev Joyce Watson, Isle of Iona.