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Caring for each other makes us stronger

It warms the heart to think about the ways Ennis has gathered around itself to share with friends and family as a community.
The Wednesday Night Live program at First United Methodist Church is one of those ways, one that gained our attention recently — a diamond of togetherness in the rough of isolating activities that are so readily available in today’s society.

More than 200 gathered at the church this week to share a warm meal and socialize, and the exposure and togetherness are worth the effort.

It’s important to note that the entire effort is orchestrated by a group of men aiming to make the lives of mothers, wives and professional women (often embodying all of those traits at once) a little easier for a short while.

Equality has come a long way legally in our country in the past 100 years, but gender roles are still somewhat pronounced in ways that can put an unfair burden on the woman of the house. There is untold social pressure on women to be resourceful, caring and nurturing, as well as to meet a host of physical and professional standards. It’s enough to stress out the strongest.

Men face their own kind of pressures — providing for a household among the most heavy of their burdens — but can help the women in their lives in small ways with only minor sacrifices that are easily appreciated.

The men behind Wednesday Night Live certainly found a popular way to do it. By offering women a mid-week break from the task of cooking, often assumed a chore for a woman in a standard household, they have set an example for church families and those outside of their direct community.

We love hearing about ways people in this community are opening their arms to taking care of one another. Tell us about more ways this community’s big-hearted few have made efforts to help their brothers and sisters so we can share their stories with the community.
It’s been a rough few years for many. We need the reassurance of our neighbors and friends and we want to encourage more support and kindness.

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