The Sun Side

By the outlet of the river Nidelva, on the eastern side, we find an area called Solsiden, in English “The Sun Side”. Inside old factory buildings we find a shopping centre and on the outside of it, facing the sun, we find numerous cafés located side by side. This area has become a meeting place in Trondheim. By the shopping centre and the cafés we are reminded of a distinction between worrying about clothes on the one side and worrying about necessities on the other. We are reminded about the worries of living. And we remember Jesus clearly stated we should not worry about what to eat. The fowls in the air, said Jesus, do not sow, they do not reap, and they do not gather into barns. And yet the heavenly father feeds them. Are you not much more worth than fowls, asked Jesus. Which one of you, asked Jesus, can add as much as a cubit unto his stature by taking thought? And he told us to look to the lily. Lilies toil not, they do not spin, but even Salomon would come short the way they are arrayed. If grass is clothed the way grass is, which today is and tomorrow is cast into the oven, should not you be clothed much more? You are of little faith, said Jesus. And he told us not to take thought of tomorrow, for the morrow shall have its own worries. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. Said Jesus.

The old factory buildings at Solsiden were left by the Trondhjems Mekaniske Verksted, in English the Mechanical Factory of Trondheim, a shipbuilding company, when the company was closed in 1983.