'Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God' (Ephesians 2:19)
Now we have all experienced that feeling of being new, of being 'the stranger' in what appears to be a well established community. Whether that's a church or a work community, it can feel just the same,like you don't quite belong.
Yesterday evening we met as a group of church sisters to celebrate the 40th birthday of one member of our community. Preparations were carried out in as much secrecy as possible as we congregated at a local restaurant.
There were 18 of us all told. We were noisier then the rest of the restaurant put together as our voices were raised in love and laughter and communion with each other.
In the busy-ness of life it's so easy to forget the need that we have for community. God did not plan for us to be alone but to share each other's burdens one with another. We are told to; '... succor the weak, lift up the hands that hang down and strengthen the feeble knees.' (D&C 81:5). It is our duty to build and to strengthen those who need us.
Jesus' message to His Disciples was to '...love one another; as I have loved you...'(John 13:34)
A simple message which much power if only we extend our hand and our heart to others.