Community is

Hearing myself
In the voices of others,
Their stories
Running parallel to my own
Their struggles
Bringing tears to my eyes,
Their victories
Lifting my spirit too.
I was clearly always meant
To walk with these
Precious others
Because though
Our paths are ultimately unique,
The cadence of their stride
Is strikingly similar to mine
Their company
Is just what I needed
And we seem to be going
In the same direction.
To commune with others-
Breaking bread
And finding salve
For our broken hearts,
Bringing the lonely thread
Of our personal lived experience
To be woven into the
Collective tapestry
Of doing life
With others.

God sets the lonely in families,
    he leads out the prisoners with singing;
    but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

-Psalm 68:6

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