Thinking of others, really…

Facebook, Twitter, blogging, email, letter writing, journaling…so many things to write and so many places to write them down. So many places to read and learn of other’s thoughts and opinions as well. And now Apple has unveiled the iPhone 4S that has voice recognition and will answer your questions with a voice and take dictation and write it all out for you. Where is all this going? I have no idea. One can only imagine.

You’ve heard of those that sit on opposite ends of couches and text each other? It happens. I haven’t done this one yet, but I have been known to text to the other side of the house. It does get the girls’ attention. Or, rather, one girl’s attention. Some days, we parents will do whatever it takes to get connect with our children.

Why am I writing this and telling you about it? Because even if we have all those things in which to write our thoughts and opinions, to share our dreams and aspirations, and to use the written word to persuade, it doesn’t change the fact that you have to have something to say. And I don’t today. Not really. Nothing earth shattering. Nothing really at all. My thoughts are about other I have been thinking of recently.

I could write about the painful divorce of a good friend of mine that I just learned about yesterday. His wife left him this summer and the divorce was finalized last week. His daughter just got married and moved to California and his son just went off to college. He now lives in a huge house all by himself. He doesn’t know what he’s going to do. He’s sorting it all out. I could write about my other friend who is battling cancer again and is going through treatment. The road will be long and rough. I could write about the friend who is struggling financially, on the brink of disaster. He doesn’t know how he will dig out of this hole. I could write about a church I know and love that is struggling with declining membership and an aging congregation and the future is not bright. The history has been great and God has done great and mighty things, but those days are long past. I could go on. And on. And on. The common thread with all these are that they are  committed Christians, deeply devoted to Christ in their lives and their congregations.

Today in my devotion I read the following words: “Remember that joy is not dependent on your circumstances… True Joy is a by-product of living in My Presence. Therefore you can experience it in palaces, in prisons…anywhere. Don’t judge a day as devoid of Joy just because it contains difficulties. Instead, concentrate on staying in communication with Me. Many of the problems that clamor for your attention will resolve themselves. Other matters you must deal with, but I will help you with them.” (Jesus Calling, Sarah Young)

“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines,

Though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food,

Though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,

Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.

The Sovereign Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.”

Habakkuk 3:17-19

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