Three trips to the local tip and two to the Oxfam shop and they will not be the last such journeys. Moving house is a wonderful opportunity to de-clutter, to up-cylce and to recycle. But sadly there is still too much that just goes to landfill. However lightly we may claim to sit upon this planet, we all do have an awful lot of stuff. Our footprint is larger than we like to admit.
Moving is the right moment for taking stock, for asking what possessions we really need and re-calibrating our priorities. Can we live more lightly on this planet, reduce our footprint? Can our use of our time and money and our attitude to the number and use of our possessions better reflect the values of the kingdom? Can our lifestyle be more in harmony with the Creator and his creation?
And is this not what Lent should be about, a time to pause, reflect and put our lives and our relationship with God back on track. Lent is seen as a time for a spiritual spring clean; a time to be more conscious of the presence of God and to better reflect the love of God in acts of random, and planned, kindness. But perhaps Lent also needs to involve a physical spring clean. Open up the cupboards, look along the shelves and discover what might be ripe for up-cycling and recycling. Would it not be good if come the end of Lent we were not just lighter in heart and soul but also lighter in the footprint with which we tread on this earth?
With the looming arrival of the removal van, the intention is clear: let this Lent, and let this move, be a real springtime for our lives, with a deeper embrace of God and a lighter touch upon his creation. The intention is clear ; let us hope we get it right this time.