Kitty Williams, Director of Music Ministries
“Liminal space” is a popular phrase lately.
When I looked it up, this is the description I found:
The word ‘liminal’ comes from the Latin word ‘limen,’ which means threshold. To be in a liminal space means to be on the precipice of something new but not quite there yet. You can be in a liminal space physically, emotionally, or metaphorically. Being in a liminal space can be incredibly uncomfortable for most people.
My life is that kind of place right now. I’m thankful that there is a different kind of liminal space.
Godly Play describes a place like this for the prophet:
“When God comes so close to them and they come so close to God, that they know what is most important …”
We, too, can come close to God and find healing and understanding.
Hymn writer William Cowper describes this space well:
Sometimes a light surprises the Christian while she sings:
It is the Lord who rises with healing in his wings.
When comforts are declining, He grants the soul again
A season of clear shining, to cheer it after rain.
In holy contemplation, we sweetly then pursue
The theme of God’s salvation, and find it ever new.
Set free from present sorrow we cheerfully can say,
E’en let the unknown tomorrow bring with it what it may:
It can bring with it nothing but he will bear us through:
Who gives the lilies clothing will clothe his people too:
Beneath the spreading heavens no creature but is fed;
And he who feeds the ravens will give his children bread.
Though vine nor fig-tree neither their wonted fruit should bear,
Though all the field should wither, nor flocks, nor herds be there,
Yet, God the same abiding, his praise shall tune my voice;
For, while in him confiding, I cannot but rejoice.
I hope you can find space for gratitude, trust, healing and rejoicing.