Community is a very precious thing. We cannot live life fully without it.
In this #write31days challenge there has been a wonderful community of writers that I have been able to connect with, read some of their blogs, and chat with them. We find that our struggles and triumphs are similar and we learn from each other. We think and see things from different angles, helping us in our journey as writers, helping to make us complete. We are encouraged to continue linking up, connecting, now that the 31 days are over, choosing about 10 bloggers with similar interests to form a small online group with, and share our expertise and encourage one another. It would be a shame to lose what we have.
As a very young teenager I had a pen pal from Finland and one from the USA. That was a form of community, exchanging hand written letters through the postal service, sharing about our lives. The excitement when the letter would appear in the mail, checking the postage stamp, then looking carefully at the specially crafted words inside, and sometimes a glossy picture to link it with. I was so patient then. No such thing as instant responses or chatting in real time. When that did begin to happen decades later, I was not ready for the change. Now, we wonder how we managed without our cell phones, the internet. I still love hard copies, and receiving a personal letter in the mail, but that happens rarely now.
My Church and small group community, prayer group, Moms in Prayer group, all are so good in their own ways. Strengthening and encouraging each other, studying God’s Word, praying for our kids, all with similar concerns. Dog walkers, puppy training classes, tennis players, all united in the same activities, similar interests, sharing their lives, listening, and being … what we’ve all been created for.
Day 30 of Prison Break of Thoughts – 31 Days of Inner Release