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Strengthening Relationships


Strengthening Relationships

Often cited as a marriage verse, Genesis 2:18a seems to point to a truth woven deeply into the fiber of our being. Namely, we are social beings made in the image of a social God. It really “is not good for [someone] to be alone.” Studies show:

  • Socially engaged adults age more successfully. According to surveys of women over age 60, those who are socially engaged and visit with friends and family throughout the week are happier as they age.
  • Friends can help you achieve your fitness goals. Encouragement and just sharing go a long way to boost your willpower.
  • Happiness is contagious. If you have a friend you consider to be happy, you are more likely to be happy, and you are able to spread that happiness to the people around you.
  • Building a circle of friends makes you happy. People who see themselves as a leader in their social circle are happier than those who see themselves as outsiders — another reason why actively building relationships instead of waiting for the phone to ring is important.
  • Friends lessen the grief. A series of interviews with parents who lost a baby during pregnancy or immediately after birth showed that those who felt they were receiving social support from friends or family were better able to cope with their grief. The most welcome forms of support were simply being physically present, listening, and offering sympathy, encouragement, and practical help, such as making meals or funeral arrangements. In contrast, feeling socially alone tends to worsen grief.
  • Being social boosts your immune system. Being socially engaged leads to more positive emotions, which in turn may actually boost your body’s immune system and reduce the physical signs of stress, say health experts.

These sample findings really just skim the surface of the meaning positive relationships brings into our lives. In this way, modern research and the Bible do agree. We do get stronger when our lives are deeply invested in healthy, life-giving community. 

With this in mind, I hope you’ll choose to lean into meaningful, Christ-centered community as we move into the summer months. You’ll notice the staff hosting Me2 lunches each Wednesday. All are welcome. Our Senior Adults will also be meeting for meals around Liberty each Wednesday evening. All are welcome. You might consider strengthening your commitment to a Sunday morning Bible study group or forming a midweek community group where all would be welcome. Another opportunity to connect is the Strong Leaders, Stronger Second leadership retreat. Friday night begins with a dinner and then we are hosting an outdoor community concert. This is a great time to reach out to a neighbor or friend and invite them to come. Or you might simply choose to engage in regular phone calls, Skyping sessions or one-on-ones over coffee or a meal with people who always make you feel welcome. I hope you will. It would be so good for your soul.

May these summer months be good for our souls…



Senior Pastor


Posted by Jason Edwards at 1:37 PM
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