There is the city we make ourselves, wide and deep and high, in lock-step with the advancements of our technology. People ebb and flow in and out of the city like the tide.
When we look at the city what do we see?
Do we see busyness, progress, and exciting opportunities? Or do we look deeper, and think about the land underneath the glass, concrete, and metal forests we’ve built?
Cities are transient – people ebb and flow into them like the tide.
They also pose the question: what is it we’re building with our own lives? Are they things lasting, or sandcastles that will topple with the next wave?
And as we build our cities, how close are we to the life-giving water that nourishes us?
“Give thanks to the Lord for he is good. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of Lords: His love endures forever.” Psalm 136: 1-3
Check out these helpful links from the show
- Journalist David Farrier has this fascinating reflection on what cities will leave behind
- Here’s a reflection on the importance of deep time thinking, to help us navigate the busyness of our lives
- And finally, this piece documents how Aboriginal paths shaped the city of Sydney, where Laurel lives and works
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