Some time ago, I blogged about "thin places" and how I had experienced those - particularly when I lived in Ireland. A couple of days ago, some anonymous person left a book on my assistant's desk entitled Thin Places: Where Faith is Affirmed and Hope Dwells by Mary Treacy O'Keefe. Thank you so much, whoever you are! Here's a passage that O'Keefe herself quotes:
One of the things we easily forget while in the depths of pain is to look for the Holy. We are simply preoccupied with daily survival. But sometimes the Holy sneaks up on us, in ways that surprise us, like the gentle caring word from a nurse, an angel-like appearance in a therapist's office, a word from scripture that sustains us, the appearance of a friend we haven't seen for years, or a bird that will not leave our window sill. These little things help us make it through the day or a week and help us see that we are not alone or forgotten.