There is a trend among single parents to co-abode. Basically single parents are teaming up to share the expenses and responsibilities of raising children.
I am really intrigued by this idea because, for me, being in a two parent home is still really difficult. I cannot fathom doing this alone. We still have six children at home and just making sure they get to music lessons, eye appointments and have school projects done is taxing.
But then I got to thinking, isn’t this really just a spin on what the church is supposed to be?
The New Testament says things like we are supposed to have “all things in common.” We are a “family of faith.” And seasoned women are supposed to help the younger women navigate the homestead.
God didn’t intend for us to do single-hood or marriage alone. He didn’t intend for us to raise children alone or grow old alone. He didn’t intend for us to do any of this alone.
God designed us for community. He created us for a divine co-op of life and and he called it the church.
The longer I do church the more I see people are hungry for this. People want connection. People want support. People need someone in their corner to cheer them on, pick up the kids from school or cook dinner one night.
We need mom sharing, dad sharing, grandparent sharing and sibling sharing. We need aunt and uncle sharing, cousin sharing and crazy great grandmother sharing.
We need sharing.
Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. Gal. 6:2