We have just undertaken our second move in 3 years! It’s really not far away, but after 28 years of stability in one place, I am currently feeling the grief of dislocation. Familiar places have gone and there is a sense of loss, and even of being lost, within my place of residence! Kind friends have helped us so much and we are grateful for their loving efforts to settle us into our lovely new house - but it is not yet ‘home’ to me.
Home and a sense of stability tend to go hand in hand. Our rapidly changing world is exciting and brings many fresh joys and challenges, but the price is a lack of stability and consequent unease. Hence, a consistent place to rest and refresh complements the ceaseless movement of our public lives. I am grateful that my family comes with me, as continuous, loving relationships are a great source of comfort. Unfortunately, they are frequently disjointed when we move. Lane Cove, however, has many groups and activities where new friends can be found. Check here for some diverse (and free) activities where you will experience a warm welcome. I am also happy to connect you to others locally. Council have helpful Welcome Packs freely available too.
Despite this move stirring my emotions, I have a deeper sense of ‘home’ that does not change. My God is always here with me, a tangible comfort, especially in times of distress. Many doubt the tangibility, but I do experience a deep sense of God’s presence within me, of peace, of rightness, of home. I’m also happy to explore this with you and gently guide you in your own spiritual exploration.
‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever’ – a quote from the Bible, Hebrews 13:8 (NIV)
‘We can always begin again’ – Jack Kornfield
The articles here are currently written by Liam McKenna, Lane Cove Community Chaplain.