One of the most instructive lessons in the Bible on how we should live is in Acts chapter two.
Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
A person does not have to be a Christian to appreciate the importance of a supportive community. The 2022 Christmas season is coming to a close, and many people are breathing a sigh of relief. While some take joy in gatherings surrounded by family and friends, those same gatherings highlight the lack of community that others experience.
A quick Google search reveals countless articles and tips for combating loneliness. Some suggestions are joining a virtual social club, finding volunteer activities and getting a pet. These are all excellent suggestions. However, they rely solely on the lonely person. Suppose we modeled the behavior of the people in the Book of Acts. In that case, we are reaching out and breaking bread in our homes, supporting each other in such a way that not only would we eliminate loneliness, but we would also eliminate poverty and despair.
In the December 29th episode of Alveda King’s House, Dr. King invites us into her home as she and her girlfriends break bread and discuss the importance of community while modeling what community looks like.