June 26, 2008

Thoughts on community

We walked in the door at 5 PM. By 5:30, members of our synagogue had dropped off dinner. Others came came to help move chairs and set up for the shiva minyan. One woman cleaned the dirt off the outdoor chairs. A friend brought paper goods, cold drinks, and food. At 7:30 there was a table full of sweets, a refrigerator full of food for Rik and I, and a yard full of people to comfort and pray with us.

Community takes place when people come together to pray and condole.

Community means people who are not of your religion gathering to offer comfort.

Community happens when those who see you once a week bring you a meal because you can't cook for yourself.

Community stretches you outside your own comfort level to support another.

Pay it forward, because when you need community, it will be there for you.


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  2. Anonymous10:41 PM

    You're right, it's time to pay it forward. My neighbor is very ill and it makes her totally cranky and difficult, her caretakers are going nuts, but still, she needs a lot of help. I will pop over and at least leave a meal and some positive energy... Thanks for the prompting.