I was speaking with a colleague the other day, and we discussed how today there is less of a sense of community than formerly. People may live in one community but work somewhere else. Many today don’t have their family support system. Mother lives in Florida, Dad in Michigan, sister in New Jersey and brother in California. People feel disconnected and alone even with texting, Facebook, Twitter, and free long distance calling.
A solution to this is to become part of a worshipping congregation. The congregation can become your family, supporting you during tough times and providing you with opportunities to minister to others. While that shouldn’t be the main motivation for joining a church, synagogue, or mosque, it is certainly a significant benefit.
Let me suggest that if you aren’t part of a congregation, check out a nearby place of worship. You may have to visit several before you find one that works for you, but it’s worth your time and effort. If you have kids, joining a church will be good for them. They’ll learn about God and the church will reinforce the values you are teaching them (and we need all the help we can get raising kids these days).