In the blink of an eye, these new friends of mine had everything they purchased, collected, received, and built in their first year of marriage stolen from them. Keepsakes lost. Heirlooms taken.
Here's what it taught me about generosity.
I'm confident we are only scraping the surface of what it means to dive into authentic community, contribute to it, and watch what happens when everyone involved works out of the strengths of everyone else participating.
But what are the signs of authentic community you should be looking for before you invest yourself so deeply? Here is a short list...