Day 15: a shared path – ii


Here is another reminder that that the road we travel we share with others. Living together, co-existing  requires understanding, cooperation and tolerance.

 I wonder how we would respond if the sign depicted a person and dormouse? Over time recent times dormice have lost access to the spaces  in which they can live – woodlands and hedgerows – because we humans have allowed our activities to dominate the landscape to the detriment of others. It is not that there is too little space for us all, but that we do not always share the space with consideration.

In the book of Genesis we hear how Abraham and Lot had to consciously make decisions about where they would each graze their flocks so as to ensure enough grass and water for them all. Later Isaac faced the same need to share. 

But the herdsmen of Gerar quarrelled with Isaac’s herdsmen and said, “The water is ours!” So he named the well Esek, because they contended with him. Then they dug another well and quarrelled over that one also; so he names it Sitnah. He moved on from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it. He named it Rehoboth and said, “At last the LORD has made room for us, and we will be fruitful in the land.”…

Genesis 26:20-22

Author: Judith Russenberger

Environmentalist and theologian, with husband and three grown up children plus one cat, living in London SW14. I enjoy running and drinking coffee - ideally with a friend or a book.

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