"Simple gestures really can make a world of difference as we connect with those in our communities."
by Cherry Fargo, Certified Life Coach and Founder of Being Remade
Did you know people who have strong community connections have stronger immune systems, experience less stress and are healthier overall? Not only that, but they also have more self-esteem and a greater sense of purpose. Community and social connectedness are invaluable to our health. God knew early on that it was not good for us to be alone. When he made Eve to be Adam’s companion in Genesis, he created the very first community.
As believers, we know we belong to a community known as the family of God. Being a part of this community contributes to a sense of belonging and the ability to feel loved and valued as long as we remain connected to our family members and loved ones.
Unfortunately, we are living in the midst of social distancing which is making remaining connected difficult. However, Hebrews 10:24-25 is clear that we are to “consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”
I know, the “assembling together” is the challenge at the moment but let’s not look at what we can’t do but rather at what we can do. Here are a number of ways you can foster connectedness within your communities and encourage one another:
Write a prayer for someone who might be especially isolated and mail it to them in a letter or a card.
Clip an inspiring magazine article out and drop it in the mail to someone you think would appreciate it.
Have flowers delivered to someone who is sick.
Pick up the phone and call a friend. Better yet, get a group of friends together for a conference call.
Send your loved ones an email or comment on their social media posts.
Have a video chat with a family member.
Send text messages and photos to people in your community.
Get involved in an online Bible study or start one yourself.
Invite someone to join you in that virtual Bible study.
Participate in a virtual church service online. This is a great time to “visit” other churches. (I recently moved and am enjoying watching the services from both my old church and my new one).
There are things that can be done right now. Whatever our limitations might be, God has grace for that. I encourage you to spend a few minutes asking the Lord what he would have you do and then put it into action. Simple gestures really can make a world of difference as we connect with those in our communities.