Monday, July 15, 2013
Community. It is a bittersweet word for me. It has the same impact on me that I suppose the word "baby" has for an infertile couple. When I hear the word "community", I feel an insatiable longing for something just out of reach.
I read the book "Bread and Wine" by Shauna Niequist last week, and I found myself once again feeling like I was on the outside looking in on what real fellowship and community looks like.
When you have community, you have a feeling of belonging and purpose in your life.
And when you do not have community, you know it. It is a big void, like a black hole that threatens to suck you in on a daily basis.
I am trying to find my place in a new town, and let me tell you, it's never easy if it can be difficult instead. For example, I signed up for a stamp camp with my new SU demonstrator, printed off directions to her house, and spent an hour getting lost instead.
No problem! I called the demo, and she fit me into her evening class. I printed off better directions and set out. Of course, the skies turned black, the rains poured down, the winds took down limbs and trees, but I persevered! I made it! And it was good to spend an evening with women, even if I didn't know a soul.
I never had a crafty friend when I lived in Indiana. I'm hoping to change that here in Pittsburgh.
We made this card at the camp, using one of the new SU In Colors with watercolor paper and blender pens.
Then I came home and dug out my old blender pens to make this card. A little more clean and simple.
I used a Hero Arts stamp for the flowers, paired it with a sentiment from Papertrey Ink (Simply Jane), and spritzed with Glimmer Mist (coffee).
Tell me, where do you feel a sense of community?