When I make bread, mixing flour with water, the gluten swells to form a connective tapestry of strands. This woven network forms the structure of bread dough and gives it strength and elasticity. It takes time and effort to knead the dough, creating tight bonds.
When I belong to something, I feel connected, and I stay longer. A few church members who moved out of town continue to stay connected through their friends. We just received several new members into our church family, and I spoke with one about how he might like to connect to our community.
Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love. The fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above. ~ John Fawcett