Most of us live lives that are rooted in a particular place for some reason. And most of us at some time have probably wondered ‘what if?’ life were not like that. Some people do more than just wonder.

 

This week I read about families and individuals who have exchanged a settled life for a more mobile life, living out of converted vans of various sizes and kinds. For some, this had been a deliberate choice; a choice to sell possessions or put them into storage, and take the opportunity to travel and explore. Since the global pandemic there has apparently been a rise in people realising that they can work from their ‘office’ anywhere, and so can travel while they work. For others, it is a way of life that they have felt forced into by financial circumstances. Unsurprisingly, there are also a range of ways in which people respond to this way of life. Whilst some enjoy the sense of freedom it brings, others find the lack of space, and the practical limitations, a significant challenge. And while some find it took considerable courage to embark on such a life, for others it felt exciting and natural.

 

The article I read set me wondering about our attitudes towards our homes and our possessions. I’m sure such attitudes are partly cultural; many people globally own far more possessions than was the case even a few generations back. A quick internet search can produce volumes of advice on how to ‘declutter’ our lives, to the extent that we might be encouraged to ask whether we own our possessions or they own us. Yet others seem naturally drawn to a minimalist style of living with as few possessions as possible. Our attitudes towards home and community seem similarly varied, with many spending their entire lives within a short distance of where they were born, whilst others move readily and easily from place to place, from community to community, and seem to take their sense of ‘home’ with them.

 

Jesus seems to have lived his earthly life mostly as a carpenter, and partly as a nomadic rabbi, in a society where wandering from place to place was more ‘normal’ than it is in modern western culture. He spoke little about ‘home’ as a place, but a great deal about community and belonging and welcoming others.

 

  • What makes home for you?

  • If you could make just one change to your home, or to the way you live, what would it be? Why?

 

Prayer for the week - 23rd October 2020

 

A week or two ago, a patch of fungi erupted almost overnight on our lawn. The question that first arose in my mind was, ‘Are they edible?’ The process of finding out led me to reflections on life and faith.

 

I recently began watching again the first series of the television drama, Downton Abbey, which I first watched when it came out in 2010, and have not seen since. As I watched, I found myself wondering repeatedly at some features of the cultural setting.