The word for community in Hebrew is edah, which also means beehive. This word conveys the way a hive of bees live and work together with a common identity. Bees have no concernfor themselves, but only for the hive. So it is with the communities of God.
Have you ever watched a beehive? It is fascinating seeing thousands of little bees working together to produce honey. As you go near the hive, you can hear an exciting buzz as they go about the many tasks necessary to keep the hive alive. The workers are responsible to collect nectar and guard the hive. The young bees keep the hive in good condition, feed the larvae, and support in other household chores. There's never a dull moment in the busy life of a bee.
This is much like the life that we have. No matter what we do, we love to do it together. We gather together morning and evening to thank our Father for His salvation, and to hear Him speak to us through one another. This gathering keeps fresh a genuine love for each other and renews our focus on our purpose. As we work, we take advantage of the daily situations, guarding ourselves from the selfishness and pride that would come in to separate us and take away our love.
Our children are a vital part of our life. We not only educate them, but we work with them to accomplish the simple tasks necessary to maintain a family life. Our life is vibrant and full of purpose and the warmth that comes from the sweet fellowship of friends speaking their hearts to one another. We celebrate the Sabbath every week and keep the festivals given to Israel of old.
But there are a few things that differ in our life from that of a beehive. One is that we are not driven by instinct or controlled by something separate from our own will. We are all here because we chose to leave behind our own independent lives to increase the life of this hive. Our life is not closed in like the hive of a bee, nor do we have stingers to harm uninvited guests. We welcome anyone to experience our life with us.
Please come and see what it is like to be part of a beehive of people expressing the warmth and love of their Creator.