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Topic: SEA CHANGE or TREE CHANGE (07/13/17)
TITLE: Home is where the heart is
By Gloria Pierre Dean
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Humans have travelled the globe in restless searches for new discoveries because they become bored with what they could see and what they have.
A prime example for us was the Israelites who after years of Egyptian slavery were set free at a great cost to Moses and the Egyptian people. God made a way of escape and they were in the desert of freedom when they began to wish they were back in Egypt
because they missed the food and the 'beatings' of the slave masters.
My family and I once lived in a semi affluent part of London. We loved the easy access to transport like trains, tube and buses to shopping malls, schools, museums and the city centre with its endless historical interests and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Initially, the sinister smoke scared buildings that rose high into the sky to blot out the awesome rays of the sun seemed impressive and not a nuisance. The city dwellers were not very friendly but we coped. Even the lack of wide open spaces and the free growing trees didn't seem to matter. We were so happy!
As time passed we found ourselves talking about the countryside and taking short weekend trips to rural idylls. Our conversations often turned to green hedgerows and the open horizons of Devon and Somerset. We began to want to exchange the conveniences of man made city life for the fresh air of God's creation, so we relocated to a cottage in the country.
Before long we were finding that life a bit irksome, especially we wondered why our village was cut off from communication with the outside world for days by a particularly powerful snow storm. The local bus trip to town took almost one hour and was very infrequent. The only local grocery store made very good business because apart from the Pub, it was the only option.
On beautiful days we took long leisurely walks across open fields, did a lot of bird watching and counted lazy sheep. The stillness of that rural traffic-free setting was refreshing to our souls. Another positive factor was the friendliness of the 'locals'.
It may surprise you to know that once again we are dreaming of city life where the roads are kept clean, convenience stores are open till late at night and never run out of what we want. School choices and entertainment abound.
The question is, will we once more pull up roots and head for the city or will we resist our contrary nature and stay put. A possible compromise would be to make occasional city trips, but always to return home because - "Home is where the heart is."
Paul's admonishes us to 'give thanks in all circumstances'. We will do that too.
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