"It seems the kingdom of God is made up of 'the least of these.' To be present among them is to encounter what the Celtic saints called 'thin spaces,' places or moments in time in which the veil separating heaven and earth, the spiritual and the material, becomes almost transparent. I'd like to think that I'm part of this kingdom, even though my stuff and my comforts sometimes thicken the veil. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control -- these are God things, and they are available to all, regardless of status or standing. Everything else is just extra, and extra can be a distraction. Extra lulls us into complacency and tricks us into believing that we need more than we need. Extra makes it harder to distinguish between 'God things' and just things."
- Rachel Held Evans, "Evolving in Monkey Town"