Community, defined.


These last couple of days have taught me so much. The reaction from our “beloved little corner of world” over my middle of the night blog post – has astounded me.

I am blessed beyond measure and humbled to the core to think that I was able to put words to the feelings of so many of you. When I consider it, I choke up and words fail. I can’t even…

And although I thought I had said all I needed to that night, I realize that now you have created a need for a few more words (sorry!)


I did not think I could possibly become more overwhelmed with pride.

Beauty from the ashes, indeed.

As the story has devolved and spiraled into the stuff Lifetime movies are made of – you blew up my blog post with beautiful and passionate thoughts.

You shared those thoughts with magazines and newspapers, hoping they would understand we were more than a story of brokenness and deception, more than a duped people, more than mindless misled sheep.

You shared.
You Tweeted.
You commented.
You tagged.


You have again made a statement:

we would, we will, love like that again

You proved it was true, what others praised in the first place, that this was a different sort of community –

One that loves without qualifiers.
One that rises to the occasion when the occasion demands it.

You brought back up, from dirt, our part of this story.

You dusted off our piece in this unfolding tale, as if to tell anyone who thought otherwise “wait, wait wait..yes, there is now more dirt, and a deep pit of lies and ugliness (more each day and than anyone could have guessed) but our page in this story? Don’t crumple it up and throw it into the same pile of rubbish. We don’t belong in there! We did it right then and we will do it right in the future!”

With the backlash of love and community pride, you have metaphorically taken our crumpled page from the rubble, dusted it off, smoothed out the creases, waved it in the air and said “No. Read this page again. The part where we choose love and faith and honorable actions – that doesn’t get thrown away.”

If you are new to my blog, you should know something – I like to clarify things by giving actual definitions to words.

Here’s one:
1. a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common
2. a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.

We are more than the dirt from the pit of one story of brokenness.

We are community, defined.

For many years these words, from a bible verse, have comprised my daily and lifetime goal, the standard by which I want to live my life:

act justly
love mercy
walk humbly

..I am moved to tears every time I realize, as a community from start to finish in this situation, you have achieved this.
I wish those could be the words we spray paint over the posters in town.

Act, love, and walk on guys.

Because today, I am quite sure more people are hurting in our community – lets find them, and do it all again.

Community member and Authentically Yours,

“He has shown you what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” ~Micah 6:8

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