Community- We all need it

Hi everyone, I hope your week has gone well.  I want to take a moment to talk about something we all need and yet with the busyness of our current world, so many times this eludes us.  I believe we all need a community of some sort to belong to and to make a lasting contribution to. According to Webster's Dictionary, the word community has many different definitions, but I have found this one to resonate with me this week.  Community:  an interacting population of various kinds of individuals in a common location.  We all watched as Houston went through devastating loss and our hearts bled for them.  As a former Houstonian, it was heart wrenching as I watched families being ripped apart by a natural disaster.  Lives lost, homes lost, despair and fear seen on the faces of all those who experienced this life changing catastrophe.  However, within, all that hurt and devastation, something happened.  Something wonderful and life giving.  Everyone banded together to save those they could. Ordinary people got their boats and answered the call for rescue.  Those who were in the hurricane but still had there homes, opened their homes to anyone and everyone who needed a dry, safe place to be.  Strangers became friends, with no concern about color, race or religion.  They needed each other.  They needed community and a sense of belonging.  Let their example be an example to all of us to treat each other kindly, with respect and dignity. 

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The Bible states in Genesis 1:27, " So God created human beings in his own image.
In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.  Let's continue what was started in Houston and live in harmony with our fellow man.  Let's not categorize people based on the color of their skin, the challenges they face, or anything else that makes them different.  Let's love them the way God does.