The Beauty Of The Little Things: Discovering Community Life

 

Artist & Photographer Kurt Simonson is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this photo essay.  From his project ‘A Thin Silence‘.  To see Kurt’s portfolios click on any image.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 A Thin Silence is a body of work that comes out of my experience living at the L’Abri communities in England and Sweden.  L’Abri is French for “the shelter” and is a place where people of all ages and nationalities come for rest and study in a shared community life with others.  It is a “thin place” to use an old Celtic expression – a place where the veil between heaven and earth is almost transparent, a place where pilgrims go to wrestle with God and ask the tough questions that many are otherwise afraid to ask. There is a story in the Hebrew Scriptures about expecting God to be revealed in a dramatic gesture like an earthquake or a fire, but instead finding that God reveals himself in “a low whisper, a thin silence.” This is the lesson of L’Abri.  Those who come here are hoping for a grand redemption from personal demons, but instead find God in the beauty of the little things, like chores and shared meals.  In a world of individualism and isolationism, many are seeking a sense of belonging.  Immersing oneself in the rhythm of a life together can provide a needed contrast from the lonely wanderlust of our rootless contemporary society.  Those of us who make the pilgrimage to a place like this discover a new sense of home, a place where we can slow down, stop doing and start being.

 

 

 

 

 

See also:

Northwoods Journals

Book By Kurt Simonson

 


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