~Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.~
The next time you visit a very dense forest, try to imagine what is taking place under your feet. Scientists now know when the roots of trees come into contact with one another, a substance is released which encourages the growth of a particular kind of fungus. This fungus helps link roots of different trees—even those of dissimilar species. If one tree has access to water, another to nutrients, and a third to sunlight, the fungus enables the transfer of these items to trees that may be in need. Thus the trees have the means of sharing with one another to preserve them all.
Our culture today applauds individualism. This isolates people from one another and cuts them off from the mainstream of life. With more and more people working at home or in walled offices, and with schedules crammed tighter than ever with work and activities, feelings of loneliness are more likely to increase than decrease. Don’t allow isolation to overcome you!
Reach out to others. Begin to give where you can. Learn to receive when others give to you. Build a network of friends, not just colleagues. And above all, root yourself into a group that nourishes you spiritually—a church.
from God’s Little Devotional Book for Women