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(Well, maybe the extreme of thin. Gaunt. Barely existent.)

That’s how I’d describe my patience with science-deniers

my emotional margin

my file of innovative ideas

my energy stores

my hope that one day Covid will be in the rearview mirror

my trust in the intentions of those with the most power to do good

at this point in the pandemic.

Those with more wisdom than me

say that thin places are where we are most likely to encounter you, God.

You stand on the threshold between heaven and earth,

reaching a holy hand through that gauzy veil.

Those with more faith than I can currently muster

say we can best grab that hand when our situation is the most uncertain,

when we are most open to help.

Maybe the slightness of things I usually count on

is what I need to let go of all I’m trying to control

and settle into your presence.

In this thinness I will look for the broadness of your love.


Laura Stephens-Reed is a clergy and congregational coach working with ministers and churches across the ecumenical spectrum. Having served in a variety of pastoral roles and denominations, she is primarily affiliated with the Alliance of Baptists and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and has ministerial standing in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Based in northwest Alabama (United States), Laura is married to a United Methodist pastor, and they have a eight-year-old son. She blogs weekly at

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