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Community At It's Best By Courtney Bareman

The person who loves their dream of community will destroy community, but the person who loves those around them will create community.- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

It is easy to like the idea of something. I like the idea of camping, but when push comes to shove, I prefer a nice hotel room. I love the idea of love, and I think most people do- I think that is why the whole Romantic Comedy genre was created. But stepping into love and relationships is a totally different experience, than just admiring with wide eyes from the sidelines. And such is the case for community. Engaging in community requires removing the rose-colored glasses and rolling up your sleeves. I believe we were created to live in community. The tricky thing is that communities are made up of people. People, who at their best are thriving and healthy, but imperfect. And hopefully, your community is made up of people at their best. So we need to let go of any ideals or too-high expectations in order to fully engage and take part in one of the greatest blessings life has to offer. Letting go of perfect and embracing healthy. Community, like motherhood, is so much different than I expected. I say things I never thought I would say, do things I never thought I would do, and it is not nearly as glamourous as I had imagined. Living in community is grieving together, helping carry burdens, and sitting STELLAR DAY MAGAZINE | 39

together in the midst of pain. Living in community is celebrating together, toasting and clinging glasses together- hopeful, excited, and thankful. Celebrating and mourning and everything inbetween, choosing to live daily life in a way where you are known, seen, heard, and valued. The friendships that come from living a life in community can be priceless and life-giving. That isÂ

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COMMUNITY.

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COMMUNITY.

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