I am so elated that safe in-person gatherings are on the rise. As I am a social butterfly, I am re-engaging with a new perspective and appreciation for being in community. I have had plenty of time to understand what a community really looks like and the benefits of belonging to one. The challenges of the pandemic brought to the forefront what it really means to belong in a community. I saw people that I had never met before because they found a way to let their lights shine. Their light brought joy, peace, love, and a renewed hope that GOD was still with us. Using creativity, people were encouraged, reunited, and even started new relationships. We are not meant to be alone. We are designed to belong and fellowship Be mindful to hold space for others when you are able to do so. You will need the same done for you.