I belong to a true, local community at Sandals church. But what I’ve recently reflected on is how God is truly teaching me about and revealing to me in general the idea of true community that is supposed to be found in the church as a whole.
The Husband and I intend to move within a year or so. Previously I didn’t really care because we weren’t part of a strong community. However, in the past year, God has really taught us about community with friends and family. My circle of care now consists of many believers whom I truly love and care for and who I know do the same for me. I was brought to tears the other night as I sat in church with my husband and several of my closest friends, looked around and waved to several other people who I call friends, and prayed for other friends of mine who were not able to attend that night. I was just in awe and so thankful for this community, and it made me sad to think about leaving them. But then I thought about how my relationships with these people are true community. Thanks to the plethora of social networking options we now have, plus the trusty old telephone, I don’t worry like I would have before about leaving these people. One of my most cherished friendships is with a woman I spent one year in college with, yet she is someone with whom I share everything, and I know that she faithfully prays for me as I her. This is the community in the church Christ meant for us to have. These relationships developed because I have served alongside these people, we have had real conversations about our lives, we share our true struggles and concerns, and we celebrate our victories and successes. They are my family and will continue to be when we move away. These people are my community, regardless of where I live. I know it won’t be the same after we move. Nothing replaces quality time together, but moving does not mean the end to these relationships. I do pray often, however, for our next local community. I can’t imagine ever finding a home similar to Sandals.
Where do you find community? How are you a part of a community? What good and bad experiences do you have with the community of believers?