In November last year someone in the Church was planning to scrap their car but offered it to me first.
The worst winter for ages kicked in and I was grateful every morning to have a form of transport with a roof.
I am very grateful for that provision but for a while now have begun to think about maybe getting something more suitable for me.
Fast forward to August and someone else offered another car, which would be more suitable for me. Result!
I thought about scrapping the first car but decided to post on Facebook if anyone wanted it.
Straight away someone else from Church responded.
They have a new job and need a car urgently so that they can get to work, and had prayed over the weekend for God to open up an opportunity to get a cheap car.
So I received a car and was really grateful. It served me well and just passed its MOT. At the point I started to think about a different car something else opened up. That allowed me to pass the blessing I had received on to someone else.
And all the way through not a penny has changed hands; people have been blessed (2 by giving, 1 by receiving, and me in the middle who could do both), useable cars have not been scrapped and God has provided.
We have a "Community of goods" scheme active in the Church which is a noticeboard where people can post up stuff they want to give away or stuff they need. A sort of Freecycle within the Church. Why get a few quid off ebay or dump it on the doorstep of a charity shop if someone you know and love could actually use it?
More and more I think we need to make brave decisions about ownership and sharing to explore more fully what "having everything in common" can really mean in a western affluent society.
Not least, because that way everyone wins.