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Thin Places Micah 5:2-5a

Thin Places

Some places in the world reveal the thin line between heaven and Earth. Bethlehem may be the thinnest place of all.

At a Glance

A thin place, according to the ancients, was the small space between heaven and Earth, and if you could find such a space, you were indeed blessed. Was -- is -- Bethlehem such a place?

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel reading, see "Stable-Time," December 21, 1997, at

The Isle of Iona in Scotland is a tiny, windswept place in the western Hebrides off the western coast of Scotland. It's a skinny little island, only about 3.5 miles long and 1.5 miles wide, but it's the destination of hundreds of people each year who brave a long journey involving trains, boats, busses for and more boats to get there.

At first glance it's hard for people to tell what the big deal is. Sure, it's a quiet place where you can get away from the sounds of civilization. Only about a hundred people live on the island, given its remote location. And while it's a beautiful place with emerald green grass, old stone buildings, and a landscape dotted with sheep that...

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