I related well to Allison (the author’s) perspective. Here is the section that spoke to my heart.
Publishing a status update or a blog post is the modern equivalent of pouring lemonade on a hot afternoon and fluffing the pillows on the porch swing. We are welcoming each other into our lives. Our communities of friends live across our neighborhood, our towns and often across the world.
This is my life, for better or for worse. There are those who bemoan the technology that permeates our life. At times, I am one of those frustrated by the ringing of the phone and the emails that fill my inbox. On most days, however, I am thankful. I am thankful because technology has allowed friendships to blossom and flourish.
You see, I live away from many of my dearest friends. My best friends are hours away in St. Louis and Lincoln. My siblings are spread out in St. Louis, Seward and San Diego. Even of my friends in town, our lives are kept busy with children, school and life.
Emails and webcams, chats and text messages, allows us to share glimpses into each other’s lives. Of course, nothing will replace a long heart to heart chat on the couch with a dear friend. Until those moments come around again, I am learning to be content and I am indeed thankful.
I am thankful for the encouragement I have found online. I am thankful for each and every one of you who takes the time to read this site. I am thankful for the power of a Christian community that reaches out across the miles.
Most of all, I am thankful for a great God who can do all things. I am thankful that He has brought me to this time and place according to His purpose. I pray that I may continue to grow in thankfulness all the days of my life.