When Sarah and I came to Bearwood, I had been offered a 3 year contract (in fact when I signed they were able to extend this to 5 years) Sarah was still waiting to see if she would find a job. We were grateful to the church for its willingness to sacrificially support us for 3 years. The wise thing to do at that stage would have been to rent a house or flat as we might have had to move again in 3 years’ time.
However, we felt it right to buy a house. We wanted to show that we were ready to put down roots here and to live among the people God had called us to work with.
Genesis 23 may in some ways feel a bit like a strange anti-climax to the life of Abraham, an odd way to finish the story but actually it is a vital lesson in putting down roots.
So, let’s take a look. First of all some minor side applications and then our main application. Continue reading