Why ‘The long walk home’?
Many of us believe there is a Maker of this world, that there is One who is intimately involved with his creation, who stepped into time and history, who transformed our lives and who is going to come back to usher in a new creation. It’s a harder business figuring out how to keep on believing that in this world.
There is much to distract from the reality of God. There are shiny things that occupy our minds and thoughts. We get up and go to work, we come home, we play with the kids, we hang out with housemates, we slump in front of the tv, we are tired and we are unsure where our place is in this world.
Deep down we have a feeling that there must be more to life than this. Deep down we have a feeling that we should be living lives full of meaning, depth and purpose. It’s hard to see that when the washing machine has broken for the umpteenth time, the boss has slated us at work and we’re tired of doing a job we hate.
We wonder whether we should go off to Africa and build an orphanage, we wonder if we should go and live in the woods to discover ourselves for a while, we wonder if we should try and live on a commune to learn that life isn’t about us, we yearn for change, for escape from these thoughts.
And still we get up and go to work and come home again wondering where the story is.
This site is a place to explore these questions, to seek some remembrance of the journey we are on, to help each other remember who we are and where we are going. We don’t want to live quiet lives of desperation but we don’t think that the Africa option is the one for all of us. We want to live well in the communities we inhabit. We want to live quiet lives that are full of meaning and the reality of God as we seek to love the people in front of us and dare to believe that we are loved with an everlasting love.
The walk home is a long one, there isn’t a short cut to a life that is pleasing to our God, there isn’t an easy way to live as a child of light in this world, there isn’t a magic button to make us perfect. But we are not alone, we are surrounded by each other and we have the ultimate companion who walks with us. Jesus walked this road before us – we follow his path, the Spirit guides us along the way as we head to the Fathers house and the seat at His fireplace.
I long to remember this and I want to be an encouragement to others out there who are also on this journey home. I long to remember these things in the ordinary everyday walking around life I inhabit. I long to encourage others see the depth of meaning in each day. I long to remember where I am going so I live well in the present. I want to encourage and be encouraged by others to dream of home.
And so here is a space to do all of that. If I’m not verbalising or writing about these things I forget. My memory of God’s goodness and grace is lamentably short. Through writing, getting contributions from others and looking around at this wonderful, broken, beautiful painful life I long to see the fingerprints of the Maker and I long that others will be encouraged to lift up painful limbs, put one foot in front of the other and keep walking home.
Who are you anyway?
I’m Kath Cunningham. I live in the wonderful city of Brighton and am married to the exceptionally lovely husbandface. It hasn’t always been that way and I spent lots of years enjoying/wrestling with/loving/despairing at being single. The joys and struggles of marriage are a whole new exciting territory. I spend lots of time thinking about life, and need to spend a little more time living it. I love drumming, reading, Jesus, drinking tea, sunsets, music, friends, family, good food, wine, big crashing waves, Brighton and the lovely church family I am part of here.
I used to work for a Christian organisation with students for many years and then worked part time for a couple of charities. Then everything pretty much changed witht the arrival of Sonface into our lives. I hang out with him most days and in my snatched moments of spare time I can be found at a computer screen typing, staring at the pretty view out of my window, hanging out with people drinking tea and reading the Bible, drumming, studying and generally pondering the nature of life. (coincidentally doing most of the things that I Love :)
Where do the images spring from?
The site is in part illustrated by Jason Ramasami. He likes producing helpful images for the wider Christian community – especially pictures that make Bible stories and ideas clearer. You can see more of his stuff at www.saamvisual.com.
What should I do now?
You could read the website, go get a cup of tea, pretend we never had this chat, phone a friend, walk in the rain or many other things. Please comment and interact, I’d love to know your thoughts on this long walk home we’re on.
Looking forward to sharing some of the journey with you, should you want to stick around…