St. Thomas Lutheran Church
I think that is where we are today: living in the liminal space of this pandemic. We’ve come to terms
with this virus affecting all our lives in one way or another. Maybe we’re getting a bit tired of hearing
about it every time we turn on the news, read a report, listen to a conversation, hear a message from
There’s this thing called “liminal space.” It’s that time in-between what has happened and what is to
come. It’s the “now” of right now. During this time we can find ourselves remembering the past,
lamenting the present and wondering about the future. This is often referred to as the transitional time,
that period when change is in the valence, just at the brink of stepping out onto the stage of life. As Sue
Monk Kidd writes in her book Traveling with Pomegranates, regarding aging, this is when “the young
woman has left, but the old woman has not yet shown up.”
So, how have you grown spiritually during this time? What changes have occurred that you are aware of and hope will continue well past this period? How have you encountered the living Christ in your daily life?
the pastor. When will tomorrow come when we can begin our “new normal”? We’ve come so far, but aren’t there quite yet. Truth is we are in the midst of the transition, the very place where God who is the Author and Giver of right now, meets us, changing us from one degree to another, in one way or another, more and more into the likeness of God. As St. Paul writes in his First Letter to the Corinthians,“And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit” (3:18).
Easter greetings ... still,
I recall one moment when I was out for a walk. A gentleman neighbor I’d not met before was pruning plants and greeted me with a beautiful smile. We exchanged some niceties including the typical question, “How are you doing?” His response was a Christ-encounter. “Smiling in the face of adversity,”he said. Then he quoted St. Paul, “(The Lord said to me), ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ ... That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong,” (2 Corinthians 12:9 & 10). It opened the door for us to share our faith stories. We were no longer strangers, but fellow Christians on this bizarre journey together.
The Rev. Wynemah Hinlicky
Pastor Wynemah Hinlicky
This liminal space is not void of activity. God is at work; opening doors, changing rhythms, increasing patience, extending compassion, drawing people closer to the eternal heart of love. May we all experience a life-giving shift during this “now” of right now that will last well into our future.