The Beauty of Community

community

com·mu·ni·ty\kə-ˈmyü-nə-tē\ 1. a group of people who live in the same area (such as a city, town, or neighborhood) 2. a group of people who have the same interests, religion, race, etc.

A couple of weeks ago, some fun and creative family friends of ours held an “art show” to display their daughters’ art and sell a few pieces for reasonable prices (a.k.a. 25 cents). The art was strung under the lights of their gorgeous hand-made pergola (How many people can say their husbands crafted them a pergola by hand?). Neighbors, co-workers, relatives and friends mingled around admiring the “pieces,” noshing on carrot cake and watching the kids race around the yard. It was a beautiful summer night of community.

That evening must have left an impression on my five-year-old daughter, because she mentioned it a few days later. She said, “I want to have a shop. You know kind of like the art show, but sell other stuff, too. Can we have one?” We talked about it and agreed that it would be a good idea to use any money earned at the shop towards Compassion International’s Crisis Fund, to help kids who didn’t have anything.

So we committed to our shop for the coming weekend…

  • My daughter dropped off fliers at neighbor’s houses.
  • My mother-in-law rallied several other relatives.
  • A Facebook message was sent out to a few friends.

…And to our surprise, people came…

and those that couldn’t were supportive and kind about the idea. The “shopping” part was over in a few minutes, but the mingling was prolonged and conversation was rich. Our friends and family stayed for awhile, and I sat in wonder at it all. As I counted what the “shop” had raised, I was surprised that it was around $70. Hardly a dent in the world poverty problem, but an amount we were grateful to have earned and one that couldn’t be raised in isolation. The generosity of and quality time with our family and friends made for a beautiful day.

The Hand-made Goods That Were for Sale

DSC_0185Headbands

DSC_0188 2 Freezer Jam, Chai Tea Latte Mix, Knitted Items

DSC_0189Necklaces, Vanilla Extract, and…Free Cookies!

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The Happy Shop Director

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What the Guys Did: A little golf competition in the front yard…

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All We Had Left At the End…

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Though the shop ended up being really fun, it became secondary as I realized my deep gratitude for the community in our lives. The time and investment it takes to find and do life with “your people” is well worth it. In fact, I KNOW I couldn’t do much in this life alone.

I reflected a bit on why community is so important and of course, I ended up going to the wisest of all books, the Bible. Here’s a short list of why community is important from a biblical perspective, perhaps you have other reasons to share in the comments?

Why Community is Beautiful

  1. When people band together in action, there is strength. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)
  2. Accoutibity. (Proverbs 15:22)
  3. Humility that can come from realizing we need one another. (Romans 12:3-13) (Phillipians 2:3-16)
  4. Fellowship. (I John 1:7)
  5. Building of character. (1 Thessalonians 5:14)
  6. We can bear one another’s burdens. (Galations 6:2)
  7. God’s hears us when we gather together. (Matthew 18:20)
  8. It provides encouragement. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
  9. We can practice love. (John 15:12-13)
  10. Unity. (I Corinthians 12:25-27)

Thanks for reading, and being a little piece of my on-line community….

Blessings,

Heidi

PS) I wonder what you might have been dreaming up that your community could come alongside you to make a reality?

Comments

  1. Leah has worn her headband a couple times already. I agree, it was a fun afternoon!