Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote a book by the same name.
His book is about community. Yes, brilliant minds have been discussing the necessity of genuine community for longer than most of us have been alive. It’s not a new concept.
But it’s quite the buzzword these days.
I can recall two distinct periods of time in my life when I felt like I belonged — really belonged — to a community. Not surprisingly, these times coincide with my happiest memories.
Friends. A group of us. Together.
With each other. For each other.
I can count other times, however, when I felt left out of the community I observed around me. Not surprisingly, these times coincide with my unhappiest memories.
Community holds power. Both for good and for evil. We can inflict great pain on others when we deny them access to the community we cherish. We can also extend great joy to others when we invite them to participate in the community we love.
We don’t need to be told that we should be in community. We already know that we were designed for community.
We know the void we feel.
We know the longing that scrapes at our souls.
After all, God said, “Let us make man in our image” (Genesis 1:26). Us. Our. The holy Trinity, a three-in-one community, together but distinct.
What we need is not another list of the benefits found in community.
What we need is not another testimony of how other people found community.
What we need is an invitation.
To tea. To lunch. To anything.
Of course, I am here. On this side of the screen. And you are there.
Perhaps we could meet at a conference.
Perhaps we could meet at (in)RL.
Or, perhaps there is someone there, in your part of the woods, you could invite to coffee. This sounds scary. I know. (I confess I’m the introvert of introverts.)
But, friends, let’s do it. Let’s be bold. Even a little crazy. Let’s call someone we’d like to get to know better. Maybe that person is just waiting for someone like you to reach out.
Is there someone on your heart? Someone you could reach out to?
Have you ever read Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer?
Today, I’m joining Lisa-Jo, taking 5 minutes to write about “together.”
Looking up verse: 2 minutes
Writing this post: 5 minutes
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Spending Fridays with you: Priceless