It is a glorious day in Cheswick as the sun rise in the east fills the land with warms and revealing the goodness of God surrounded by the sand dunes of the Northumbrian coast. We found this spot of immense beauty on leaving the Holy Island, 3 miles north of the causeway into Lindisfarne.
The laws of ‘Trespassing’ in England are different to the ‘Freedom to Roam’ in Scotland. The peace and security of the Landlords and the right to roam by people are a fine balance, I am told. In Aberdeen, at the Rectory, people often stop to look at the garden of some beauty and if I happen to see people looking with delight, I thank God for that moment of true exchange of peace. However, this may not always be the case as some people feel nervous about strangers looking into their garden. And here we have a paradox.
One of the joys of seeing people in the Cathedral is being mindful of the time and effort each one of us has invested in preparing ourselves to come for worship. On average, I would imagine each of us would have spent at least an hour preparing for something we believe in. We believe in gathering for worship and therefore we prepare and come. This preparation in itself is an act of worship. Now, imagine being offended if someone looks at you with admiration! We deck ourselves up to be beheld with admiration and get offended if ignored or stared at! I thought you might enjoy thinking about it!
Now returning to the business of ‘Trespassing’ is it wrong to walk through someone’s land enjoying the nature given to us to care and to share? Why are we defensive when someone trespasses what we believe to be ours? I am digressing here. I hope you enjoyed this ride of digressing on trespassing!