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Each week I share a thought from the previous week’s reading here.

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“Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete.”

‭‭2 John‬ ‭1:12‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Admittedly, it was ironic to read those words on paper and ink, but it reminded me of the value of “face to face” interactions. In our hyper-connected, digitized, socially-distant world, it’s tempting to substitute face to face for texting or social media. But we live in our own irony. While social media claims to keep us connected, many times it keeps us more isolated and disconnected than ever. Just glance over at the family next to you at the restaurant next time, all staring mindlessly at screens, not talking with each other!

I’m not writing this to demonize technology and social media (you may have found this link from my social media, after all!); I’m writing it to remind us of our need for each other. In the midst of a global pandemic, it’s easier than ever to allow fear to keep us isolated and distant. Although some are at risk and have legitimate reasons to be extra cautious, only stay away if you absolutely have to. Even John knew writing was better than nothing, but it was no substitute for “face to face.”

God wired us with a need to interact. I need you and you need me. A phone will do if it has to, but there’s nothing that will ever substitute for your voice and your face! Actually face time is always better than FaceTime.