They call it the Web, a complex, invisible network of computers and databases. It's more than that, however. Complex and invisible it may be, but it connects people: real people with real prayer requests; flesh-and-blood people who send cards, text messages, and tokens of remembrance.
The greatest blessing of two years of blogging for me has been the people scattered around this World Wide Web, its threads connecting me to others in the sisterhood of chronic illness, another with a passion for prayer and the revival of God's church, another who is a delight and surprise in how alike we think and respond to life, another who is refreshingly different in her energy and boldness, others who share (and enable) my love of the written word. The threads of the Web have traversed state boundaries and oceans and broadened my world in ways I never thought possible.
Some while back, Allen looked at the glass cabinet door where I post the Christmas card photos and leave them for an embarrassing amount of time beyond the holidays. He pursed his lips and silently shook his head. When I inquired, he replied, "I just can't get over the fact that we've never even met half of those people."
Thank you, crumbles, for connecting your stories to mine. You are a blessing, and I thank God for you daily.
~sharing with Lisa-Jo Baker's blogging community, where you can read many other offerings on the word of the week~