I like to think of blogging as meeting for coffee, or over the back fence. People used to do that, and in some places they still do. Recently my Mom was over at my Aunt's house and she saw a gathering of people in the front yard playing dominoes. Yes, in the front....almost scandalous nowadays. They were laughing and carrying on and having a great old time. It was a good thing to see. Of course my Mom, never having met a stranger, had to go talk to them.
They exchanged information.....greeting.....fellowship. A bit of bringing Heaven down to earth. All because they made themselves available. Open.
I have lived before in neighborhoods where every evening a symphony of garage doors would open with big yawns and swallow up the cars and the people in them and that was the last you saw of your neighbor. One time my Mom was visiting and she got so starved for people she flagged someone down who was driving by just for someone to talk to.
In these days of mobility and technology we often lose that sense of community. It gets to be a challenge to get back in touch with it. That's why I like blogging. I feel like we are virtual neighbors meeting over the back fence. A little solitude is a very good thing, but too much is not good, we tend to make ourselves crazy.
God knew that too.
Sharing beliefs, joys and sorrows, snippets of our lives makes us feel like we are not alone. We join hands across the aisles, finding common ground in all sorts of things. We see how we are the same and how we are different.
And how wonderful to be able to pray for someone I have never actually met!
So pull up a chair, gather around, pour yourself a cup.
You don't even have to call before you come by.
".......and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near." Hebrews 10:24, 25