Why being in community matters to me

I’ve been thinking about how we create community. Because during my time as a writer/poet/blogger I’ve been truly thankful for the friendly writing community I’ve found.

They’ve offered a spiritual home and a haven.

When I sit at home typing away, words fly through the ether, seemingly lost for ever.

But I like to think they’re being received into the heart and mind of another.

A connection is made. A bridge being built.

It’s the beginning of being in community. Making heart connections.

Community may start with just one person, and that’s okay. True community building takes time and trust.

It takes courage and commitment, showing up, being present and a slow unfolding.

We bare our souls, lay thoughts down and hope no-one stamps heavy on them with muddy footprints.

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As writers, our hope is to have words wrapping their way around another’s mind, weaving into their heart and soul as they find a place to settle.

Offer an open invitation to share life and grace together, the messy bits, the hard parts, insights and painful fights within our souls.

This is my hope and prayer as I write: to be authentic, open, sharing and encouraging.ย 

I want to reach out and wrap arms around another, reassure them they are not alone in their struggles.

I want to have those, “You too?” moments together of sharing my perspective and see how it lights up in another’s eyes whileย we let out our breath, slip off our shoes and sit in companionable silence if necessary.

Because we’re not meant to do life alone. We’re hard-wired for loving, supporting, holding one another up, giving and receiving. The thing is, I need you, friend.

I’ll aim to be an alert listener. One with an ear to ground, sensing Holy Spirit whispers.

To write as I’m inspired to do so, not by my own agenda. To seek to be a Truth-teller, Light-bearer and grace-sharer.

Community can crucify if it’s a community of closed minds, cold comparisons and hard hearts. It can knock us down rather than help us to our feet. It can feel isolating and demarcating.

That’s not the sort of community I have in mind. Mine is more a meeting of minds, an opening of doors, a warm invitation and a place at the table for all.

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It isn’t so much about me and my goals as it’s about you and me as we share this space together and learn from one another.

Friend, you are welcome here. Come and make yourself at home. It’s a work in progress like its owner, but I keep the coffee pot hot for you.

There may not be a literal cake in the cupboard, but you can find some food for your soul.

And some open sharing of wounds as we both trust God for the laying bare and healing to come, plus some grace glimmers and prayer whispers to breathe hope into your days.

Most of all, as we share this space, I hope we’ll become a close community, a diverse group who find safe and common ground.

So I say a heartfelt, “Thank you” to all who have accompanied me so far and all who find their way here now, who do me the honour of reading these words.

Come in, friend. Make yourself comfortable and join in the conversation by sharing what community means or looks like to you right now.

Your words matter, they really do, far more than you know. I can’t do community without you, I really can’t.

I wasn’t going to write today, but this topic? It stirs me heart and soul and words just begged to be shared.

And, so saying, I link arms (rather belatedly) with the caring community of fellow writers over at Barbie’s place for Weekend Whispers. Come join us?

14 Comments

  1. Such a perfect post for me to read this morning! God has been speaking a lot lately about community. So fun finding you at Barbie’s today! Have a blessed week! ~ Jen

    1. Come in Kimmie, coffee with two sugars coming right up! I love seeing you here. You’re always welcome, my friend. Thank you for being such a supportive part of this blog and the blogging community in general. You have a truly beautiful heart. ๐Ÿ™‚ Xx

  2. Joy, this is the second time in a few days I’ve been led to your blog, first through Five Minute Friday and then through Weekend Whispers, and I’m glad to have found it! This post is beautiful. I love your description of what community should/ could be, and I agree it’s so important. As someone who is fairly new to blogging I’ve also found it to be a very welcoming and friendly community and I’m grateful for the connections I’ve made with so many great people.

    1. Hi again, Carly! Come as often as you like and make yourself at home. I’m grateful to have found your lovely blog as well and thankful for the connection we’ve made. Bless you.

  3. Beautiful post, Joy. Love your idea of, “….a meeting of minds, an opening of doors, a warm invitation and a place at the table for all”…..and the idea of helping each other (not being in it for what we ourselves can get out of it) is just so comforting. Helen xxx

    1. Thanks, Helen. You are a big part of the wonderful community of supportive and encouraging fellow writers I am privileged to know and call a friend. I’m happy to share community with you any time. Xox <3

    1. Hi Mary. Thank you for finding your way to my new home on WordPress. It’s lovely to see you here! I’m truly blessed by your visit and honoured to have this post shared on the Christian Poets & Writers blog. May God continue to bless you and your writing to His praise and glory. ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  4. Beautiful description of community as it should be, Joy. I thank God for you being a part in my life to show it. I confess I’ve often been afraid of giving my heart to community in my life because of past crucifying communities. I have been finding a very caring community in the blogosphere, including you. Blessings and hugs! โค๏ธ

    1. Trudy, I see this kind of community already evident on your blog as you write and others respond with warmth, support and sweet encouragement. God is certainly building something valuable there. And I’m delighted that you’ve become a close friend as well as a fellow writer. Thank YOU for caring! Blessings and hugs. Xx <3

    1. Barbie, your lovely beautiful for community is clearly evident and I love being a small part of Weekend Whispers. Thank you for inspiring this blog post too! ๐Ÿ™‚ x

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