Longing For True Community

Glenn Beck posted his thoughts on the new movie McFarland, USA over on his Facebook page yesterday, and something he said struck a very sensitive chord of my heart.

He said,

“America isn’t Main Street USA. It is any street where the people are good, hard working and filled with those who celebrate the traditions of family and friends. Places where we come together to bear each other burdens and will stand shoulder to shoulder to make tomorrow a better place for our children.”

When I read this, something deep down inside of me stirred and I heard myself saying, “Yes!”

I’ve told my husband and my mother this so many times; I feel like I am missing the very part of life that is supposed to be the most important – the true sense of community and family.

Maybe I am just naive, but when I think about what the “perfect” picture of life would look like, I would be surrounded by a large amount of family, and be part of a community that sincerely and deeply cared about one another.

  • Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners with a house full of people, all talking at once, laughter bouncing off the walls, and a huge sigh of contentment when the evening was over.
  • Summertime BBQ’s with kids running around the yard playing while the adults chatted over sweet iced tea and lemonade.
  • Friends and family gathering together on Main Street to watch the 4th of July parade, and then going out to a lake to enjoy the sunshine, and ending the night with a huge fireworks show.
  • Handing out hot cocoa to neighbors while they are out shoveling their driveways.
  • Baking or cooking to feed the hungry in our own town.
  • Knowing that if you are ill or a tragedy occurs, there will be many who love you surrounding you and offering their support in any way they can.

This is what life should look like.  Sadly, at least for many, this is not what our lives look like.

My family is scattered across the United States. I didn’t hardly know my grandparents, my aunts and uncles, or my cousins. Even my closest friends live far away. It’s nobody’s fault – it’s just the way it has always been.

I’ve always envied big families, and have had to pray that God would forgive me for envying what others have.

I long for true community.

In this day and age where technology overrides relationships, and texting instead of talking has become the norm, my heart aches. People should matter. Relationships should matter. Family should matter.

I hope that someday I find myself living amid the dream of my Little House on the Prairie style of family and community. If not, I have to trust God that He will help me be content during my time here on Earth, and always remind me to be thankful for what I do have.

As for the movie, I don’t know if I will make it to the theater to see it, but I will definitely be purchasing McFarland, USA when it comes out on DVD. In case you haven’t seen it yet, here is the trailer for it.

Tell someone today – or better yet, show someone today – just how important they are to you!

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Derek
    March 16, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    I love you, Sweetheart!

    • Reply
      Tori
      March 16, 2015 at 4:34 pm

      I love you, too. More than you can imagine! ♥

  • Reply
    Wanda Tumlin
    March 16, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    I totally agree with what you have written. You are describing my childhood. I miss those friends and family days. Makes me sad that we have a generation of people who have never experienced it.

    • Reply
      Tori
      March 16, 2015 at 4:34 pm

      Me too.

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