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“The lack of genuine community and relationships beyond the single-family home are a contributing factor to the malaise of depression in our society.”

A thought by Alan Hirsch and Lance Ford, (2011-01-01) from their book, Right Here, Right Now: Everyday Mission for Everyday People (Shapevine) (Kindle Locations 2566-2567). Baker Book Group. Kindle Edition.

Somehow we have built within our worldview an idea of isolation even within our families that may not be totally healthy.  Our little family unit has become the total it and it is causing us to be overworked and in turn underdeveloped relationally which is not God’s way of living.  He has built within us a need for each other and when we become isolated on ourselves we have the potential for depression and self-centeredness.

We right now have 6 of us living in a two bedroom apartment and it is working.  Of course it has been just one week but I really don’t for see a problem.  Now I do believe that three bedrooms would be better so our two granddaughters would have their own room but living together has some value to it. 

I do understand the need for independence but maybe not to the extreme that our society has taken us.  If you make a study of the early church they put everything together.  Now maybe that was something just for then but I’m not sure there isn’t some value in it for now.  Somehow we have to figure out how to survive in the now.  I mean we have big houses with just two lonely people living in them and people looking for places to live that they can afford.  We need in someway to come together and to not isolate ourselves in order to solve the problem.

I wonder if we have gotten away from what God’s plan is.

What do you think?


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