Creating a sense of community
The idea of community has been on my mind lately. The lengths some will go to create a sense of community, the inherent need others have to be part of a community and those who fight against anything recognizable to a community. Once we moved into a home I automatically assumed we would become part of a neighborhood community, but over the past couple of years I have realized just how autonomous everyone around us is. While other streets host neighborhood block parties, it would be shocking if everyone knew each others names.
Oftentimes, it is not until we rely on our community that we even notice its presence or the vital role it plays in our lives. The constant sense and feeling of belonging is a real blessing in my life. I am part of a large congregation at church and I know at any given point dozens of people could be mobilized on our behalf.
As we have slowly told people we are expecting I have been reminded of my community. A woman who I occasionally speak with at church upon hearing the news I was expecting again told me how she was going to start praying for us. I was really touched by this and it was a clear reminder just how many people are pulling for us and our little family. This past weekend we went camping with our congregation and I witnessed first hand how a common belief/faith draws people of all ages together.
Another community I am honored to be part of is the blogging community. I have met friends, expanded my social network and have been able to easily connect with people across the globe. Although blogging is typically a solo endeavor, I have reaped the benefits of this sense of community and I appreciate those who check up on me, pull for me and encourage me to keep moving forward.
How do you feel about community? Do you feel its presence in your life? Do you wish for a stronger sense of community? Is it something you have worked hard at or has it happened naturally?