There's an old song written by Michael Card, and the chorus goes like this:
And the call is to community
The impoverished power that sets the soul free
In humility to take the vow
That day after day we must take up the basin and the towel...
I've always loved his music, and this song is so sweet in its call to service. Serving others as Jesus served His disciples. Selflessly. Thinking of others ahead of ourselves.
It's not an easy life, this kind of community.
I'm grafting into my third community in three years. That's what we military wives do: graft into new communities at new duty stations. Meet new friends. Serve others. Help whenever we can, and sometimes even when we, in ourselves, cannot.
At the same time, I remain in an online community I've been a part of for the past eight years. The message board is gone, but the friendships remain through email and Facebook.
Some bonds will never be broken, and for that I'm forever grateful. Because eventually, we'll all be together as one big worldwide community in heaven.