Community is so important to humanity. When we have family, friends, or any group of people in our lives showing us care and making us feel welcome, we are happier people and find more enjoyment. In fact, multiple research studies have proven the trend to be true: that people who are part of a strong and loving community, whether large or small, are happier than those who aren’t.
As Covid restrictions have been lifted, I’m sure we’re all enjoying the “normal” way of doing things, such as in-person interaction and larger community events like our recent Springfest breakfast (this past Saturday). It was heart-warming to see 100+ people in the gym, eating and chatting with one another, reconnecting with old friends or acquaintances, and supporting our school; something we perhaps took for granted prior to the pandemic.
I am thankful for the community I’m a part of; the larger and smaller communities. I pray that we, as Christians, would pour into our communities and into each relationship we have. Perhaps you have an opportunity to serve, welcome, or reach out to someone with a phone call or message; I encourage you to do so.
“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”
(Romans 12:4-5) Axel Hiemstra, Grade 5 Teacher