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 the adventure I find myself in and love. 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 son1 into our lives.  I hang out with him most days and his newly arrived brother (son2). I’ve come to love being a mum 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 🙂

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…

11 Responses to About

  1. emma says:

    Hi Kath

    Really enjoying your site and your honesty. Thanks!

  2. live music says:

    I don’t even understand how I finished up right here, however I assumed this publish was once great. I don’t know who you’re however certainly you’re going to a well-known blogger for those who are not already. Cheers!

  3. Fiona says:

    Hi Kath,

    You won’t remember me but we met once at the Keswick Convention years ago, and were introduced by Anne Witton, aka “Witsy” or “Wizz” (my name for her – and she calls me Mezza)! I know you as Bongo Girl, and happened upon your blog via Steffy B (Binface), who I know as Barney. Isn’t this complicated! 😀 I just wanted to let you know how much I’ve enjoyed looking through your blog. It’s fantastic – honest and articulate, and wonderful to read about your faith. I look forward to having a better and more detailed read over the next few days. I slightly recognise your brother – is it possible he went to Durham University and was the DICCU treasurer? Anyway, thanks so much for all you’ve written and please keep it coming! Love Fiona xxx

    • Kath says:

      Hey Fiona, thanks for the encouragements – really appreciate it 🙂 I have a vague memory of that Keswick time 🙂 and love the complicated name arrangements! Yep- Mark did go to Durham (me too) and was on the DICCU committee- were you at Durham or just stalking the DICCU (still the worst named CU in the country) at that time? Loved your defence of Binface on her latest blog post 🙂 Very helpful! Here’s to more random interactions…

      • Fiona says:

        Indeed, I do love random interactions! Giggling re DICCU’s undoubtedly unfortunate name – when I emailed Witsy to tell her I’d discovered your blog, I described it in just the same way! (though I’ve often wondered whether “LICCU” actually exists or is merely a hilarious myth someone has put about in order to take the heat off DICCU!!) And yes, I was at Durham, studying Music and living at Chad’s, from ’95 to ’99. Did we overlap? What did you study and which college did you belong to? Not a rah one, I do hope, since you seem delightful and not at all rah-like 😀 Hope we shall have further chats soon! Have a great weekend xxx

      • Kath says:

        Now hang on I think Chad’s almost counts as being a Rah college as it’s on the Bailey! That was our definition up on the hill anyway 🙂 Was at Durham 96-99, how random! Went to Grey college, away up on the hill and studied combined social science 🙂 Or as I like to think, drinking tea with friends. Amusingly my parents were part of LICCU when it existed back in the 60s and there was one massive CU for the whole of london! 🙂

  4. Fiona says:

    Hahahahahahahaaha!! Please be assured that, despite my suspiciously rahlike name and affiliation with a Bailey college, I am in fact state-educated and northern, so therefore don’t qualify for Rahdom (though you’re quite right about there being a disconcertingly high proportion in Chad’s and its neighbouring colleges). How delightful that we possibly passed each other in the street/DICCU/church, though what a shame we never met. The tiny number of Music lectures necessary to gain a degree meant I too had plenty of time to drink tea with friends, and indeed did. Am simply ecstatic to have discovered the existence of LICCU 😀 Several of my pupils have recently gone off to Grey to study Music and seem to have loved it!

  5. M says:

    Have recently discovered your blog, and have been delighted to find how often you seem to ‘hit the nail on the head’ for me, and help my perception & understanding by talking about topics in a way I can really relate to. Thanks!

  6. Living Life to the Full - Izzy's Blog says:

    Hi Kath,

    I have really enjoyed reading your blog since discovering it a few months ago. It’s such a comfy yet challenging read. Thank you. I write a blog too and am currently planning a post, tentatively titled ‘Standing in the gap’, about what it looks like to live in the gap between brokenness and wholeness, the now and the not-yet, and the opportunity that gives us as people of faith to pray God’s active will over situations which surely aren’t his intention. Would you mind me linking to your blog in this post as it addresses a similar theme?


    PS Did you go to a hill college at Durham University? Something you said on your last post about the botanical gardens near your college… my husband and I graduated from Van Mildert in 2005!

  7. Katy Walton says:

    Hi. I’ve been looking for a blog like your’s for so long. I was struggling to find other Christian women bloggers in the UK so this is a real blast of fresh air. Thank you!

  8. Catharine Fischer says:

    This is Cath from Brighton, MI, US from Tanya Marlow’s launch team FB group (see my comment below her request for intros; I just did it today/well, yesterday your time). You don’t know me from Adam, but I feel compelled to write. I LOVE your blog and your candor. I only read back a few posts, but your gifts come thru beautifully. I can’t believe we share the same name and the same town, except I’m at least 15 yrs older than you and my kids are close to 20 yrs older than yours (and American, but still.) Your concerns speak loudly of my own at your age and stage of child rearing–and since. I know well the black dog of which you speak. I understand the two tribes of the Christian world and being caught somewhere in between. I could go on and on, but what wouldn’t let me sleep tonight is telling you about the Bible that has been so formative in my “seeing Jesus” a la Oswald Chambers. It’s Kenneth Wuest’s New Testament: An Expanded Translation. I found it ages ago when I left an abusive church in college, then picked it up again after my divorce. Mine is hardcover with the binding now in tatters, but I’ve given the paperback version available on Amazon to many over the years, and it seems to be the same as mine. I would assume it’s available at Amazon.uk. Your comment about loving a book that rambled on about rambling on made me think of it–cuz the translator (if you get it, read the intro for his intent) chooses to use as many English words as necessary to convey the original meaning in Greek (or Hebrew, etc). For instance, Heb 13:5b (from Deut 31:6) is not translated “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” as it is in the NIV, but this way: ” I will not, I will not cease to sustain and uphold you. I will not, I will not, I will not let you down.” This NT is also printed in paragraphs rather than chapter and verse, though they are indicated at the top and in the margins. If you want more info, just ask. Anyway, I don’t mean to bug you and I won’t continue to, I just had to reach out. (Oh, and at least one–the older one– if not both of my daughters are highly sensitive, as am I. I found a book called Raising Your Spirited Child when she was a toddler–and it not only saved my life, but got others off my back about whatever they thought I was doing wrong in parenting her! With sensitivity, I might add ;).
    Your sis in Christ across the pond,
    Cathy Fischer

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