I had no sound on my IPhone for half a day (and a night) yesterday. I got it damp and the speakers died. It spent the night submerged in rice, which seemed to do the trick since this morning it seems fine. If I didn’t know it before, I know now. I am too dependant on it. On a gadget. I never thought I would be one of those people.
I admit it, I like when I hear the little chime that tells me I have a text. It’s almost a Pavlovian response with me, I instinctively reach for my phone. And last night the non-noise was almost deafening. Not that I get that many, mind you.
I even like the other little warble that tells me I have an email, even if it is FTD again telling me I need to order flowers.
The truth is, my phone is just the vehicle that connects me to others in my little community. The people I care about are in my phone……not literally but you know what I mean. I have a voice memo of my Dad and my niece talking. He’s 84 and someday after He’s gone to Heaven I will let her listen to it. I haven’t gotten around to saving that somewhere else yet, and I would be very sad to lose it.
This morning as I was checking my Facebook news feed over coffee, the thought came to me:
Facebook is like church. A community of like-minded people gathering together to encourage, enlighten, strengthen, humor, help and support each other.
But this visiting is what we used to do over the back fence, or on the front porch swing.
In my Mom’s day none of the women worked so they would all gather at one house or yard and bring their kids. They didn’t have Facebook back then, they didn’t need it. They had their own community.
And while people are still meeting at backyard barbeques, front yard garage sales, neighborhood Bible studies, and yes, over the back fence and the porch swing and the neighborhood pub……
……..now they’re communing over coffee, twitter and Facebook too.
Even churches are using social media in a big way. Just about every church has a “Like” option. Does yours? And shame on you if you haven’t “Liked” your church!
The world may change, but people never will. We are hard-wired by God to live, thrive and work in community.
My phone is happily ringing, dinging, and playing music and every time it chimes with life today, it makes me smile.
Because I know my peeps are in there.
****Note: I had to change the title of my post which was going to be The Church of Facebook, but someone already wrote a book by that title……I had no idea!