If you wonder round the bungalows that make up most of the housing around church, there seems to be someone having their drive done, or building a little wall, on virtually every street. A sort of Anchorsholme past time.
I’m only guessing, but I think it must be a ‘finishing touch’ that people like to add to their retirement castles. A low maintenance drive, and a modestly high outer perimeter. And all is well.
When we visited Zakynthos a few years ago, we travelled around the little Greek island, and one thing we noticed out in the barren middle, was that often we would come across a short limestone wall marking the boundary of a home that we yet to be built. I think it might be a Greek thing, as we’ve seen this in other places on our travels. It seems to be the opposite to here.
But drives and wall are opposites. One allows access to the heart of your property, the other says stay away.
So which is a sign of security?
You might think the wall, because it shows strength and power. It warns.
But I think it’s the drive – because it show a confidence and willingness to be hospitable. It’s a sign of welcome.
We are called to be a church without walls. We also need to be sure the drive is uncluttered, so that those arriving don’t stumble. But maybe that’s another blog…