A Sense of Community – Part #2


The part of my family that were privateers was my mother’s side of the family. My dad’s side are also French. They left France in in the late 1500’s because of the civil war. They moved to England and found that the English didn’t want them either. So, my 9th great grandfather, Joseph, came to America in 1637. His younger brother, Thomas, followed 2 years later. Most people don’t know that Boston had a large French population in the 1600’s. Both the Pilgrims and Puritans knew that community was how they were going to survive. There is a popular saying that it takes a community to raise children. It is a true statement. It is important to have a stable community to live in and raise your children. You don’t have to go far to see an example of this. Syria comes to mind. People took their families and fled that war-torn country. Most people just want a peaceful place to live and raise their family. The sense of community is a choice that we must make. It doesn’t just happen. You must work on having relationships with people. The closer the bond between people, the more there is a sense of community. I hold doors open for strangers. I tell people please and thank you. It doesn’t take any more effort than not to do it. When you decide to make that choice, people feel that sense of community. It is a sense of belonging, that everyone wants. Everybody seems to want to point out how we are different. But with the sense of community, it brings out how we are the same. God says that He is no respecter of person. Which means that God see us as the same. Today, choose to build a sense of community in your area. The effect will be almost immediate.

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