Posted by: Catherine Weston | April 17, 2014

Walls that divide

Not far from where we used to live in North Oxford, a 1930s housing developer once decided that his new homes built for private residents would not sell if there were council tenants next door. So he built walls across two roads, thus dividing the new private houses from the neighbouring council estate (also new). Despite protests, and inconvenience for all residents, the Cutteslowe walls remained there for over 20 years. You can read the full story here.

Class divisions are one thing, but there have been other dividing walls with far greater impact. Last month we were in Berlin, twenty-five years after the Wall was pulled down, and were able to track down some of the remaining fragments and see the original line marked into the roads and paving.


Visiting the city, now joyfully whole again and buzzing with life, it was poignant to note what impact that wall once had. In dividing East and West Berlin, it cut through the heart of the city, confined a church, blocked a triumphal gateway and terminated an underground line. And that is just the physical effect. Some say that for many of the Cold War generation the Wall mentality still remains.

On our tourist trail we stumbled across the Stasi museum and reflected on the lengths some people will go to cling on to power and limit the freedom of others. We saw the open-air exhibition at Bernauer Strasse where so many tried to escape the confines of the Wall. Some were successful; some died in the attempt.

However, the most important wall of all was catastrophically breached on that first Easter, around 2,000 years ago. The curtain in the Jerusalem Temple was torn in two from top to bottom: we are now free to come into the presence of our creator. The ‘dividing wall of hostility’ between Jew and Gentile (Eph. 2:14) has been destroyed: every nation can be reconciled with one another through faith in Jesus.

That is surely good news to share with those who are trapped by dividing walls of many kinds.

Happy Easter!


Good Friday

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday




  1. Very blessed by the Good Friday, Easter Sunday arrangements. Thanks. Thanking Him for it all.

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