As Christians we are part of one body, each playing a different role. Being part of this large body should bring us joy but if the body is missing a part a little of the body’s joy is lacking. I know I’m lacking in joy because of my absence from my community. I pray to be returned to my own little community soon. I miss them and their joy as I’m sure my absence takes from their joy.
Being part of a community is necessary for our spiritual as well as our mental and emotional health. I do have a rich online community that I enjoy being part of. They bring me joy as I believe I bring some joy to them as well. I am so thankful for those dear online friends who have allowed me to rant during these frustrating weeks (and you know who you are). While my online communities have been a good substitute during my time in seclusion it doesn’t replace community in the traditional sense, that is being part of the day-to-day lives of friends and family, living life with them.
Remember – you are the joy that someone else needs today. Your joyful presence is necessary for your community to thrive.