Life rarely turns out as we expect. It’s unpredictable and seldom unfolds as we anticipate. Sometimes what is known is lost, changes or stops and we find ourselves facing what is unknown and unfamiliar.
As we go through these unexpected life phases we can find ourselves in an in-between space which author and theologian Richard Rohr describes as ‘when we are betwixt and between, have left one room but not yet entered the next room, any hiatus between stages of life, stages of faith, jobs, loves or relationships’.
This space is the liminal space. Liminal comes from the latin ‘limen’ which means ‘on the threshold’. A liminal space is a transitional space, where we are leaving something behind that feels comfortable and safe while not really knowing what lies ahead, a space where we feel as if we are on the threshold between what is behind and what is in front. It can be a place of great tension but also of great grace. It is a place where we can let go of what we’ve been holding and stretch out tentative fingers to explore what’s next.
-Mandy Baton, Christianity Today
Lessons can be learned from artists—who in the midst of “between times” of their Christian experience—have used this chapter in life to create beauty. We’ll explore a diverse group—from Johnny Cash, Bach to The Blind Boys of Alabama.