The Loves of My Life

The Loves of My Life

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Circle of Life

Let me just say right away this post has nothing to do with the uber critical darling that is known as the "Lion King", nor is it about death and life.

It's more a celebration of who we are as God's people and how we are connected.

When I dived into the blogging world, I had no idea what I was in for. I enjoyed reading my friend's blogs and every now and then I would peek into their friends' blogs.

After a while I decided to go for it and began blogging and processing my own feelings for all my friends to see.

But the amazing blessing that happened next I had no idea was coming.

As I blogged, people I have never met before began to comment and read what I wrote. I was extremely humbled that a stranger would take the time to read what I thought.....and not only read it, but resonate with it as well. I felt a little validated and encouraged that I was not alone in my walk as an "unlikely pastor's wife". I started reading their blogs and found myself connected to them in ways that extended beyond geography and physical presence.

Then here is the kicker......(and follow if you can, this might get tricky in the wording) my friends starting reading my new friend's blogs and my new friends starting reading my friend's blogs.
I will never forget the morning that I was reading Diane's post and I saw a comment from the Reverend's Lover. (someone who found me and I in turn read her blog). I was in awe. Then a few days later I saw Dionne and Diane post on The Reverend's Lover's blog. It was this amazing web of connectivity that I was just so in awe of and I was so excited. I thought....."How cool is that we can connect with others and through others through a media that can be so impersonal."

And this isn't the only instance I see it happening. It's almost as if the blogging world has become it's own portal to a place where one can be encouraged, be challenged, be miffed, or be engaged with a person that they have never met and may ever meet. But instead of it being with only one person....it's a group of people that open up their blogs and invite you in and say....."You're a friend because you are a friend of ________"

It's freakin' cool!

so....hopefully some of that made sense....which it may not since sometimes I can't articulate well the thought I am trying to convey.

But when I think about this concept, I am so moved. Because it's not the blogs that connect us....it's the image we are created from. The Creator that connects us all....who in His wisdom, has made us people that need connection. We are all connected in some way and in this particular outlet, it reminds me that there is a much bigger world of people out there......people like me, people different from me....and we all have things in common.

4 comments:

Diane Davis said...

yes, i TOTALLY follow and agree. of course blogging doesn't take the place of face to face interactions, but it does hit a need in me that craves community. there is a handful of blogs i read and comment on and feel like i know and love the person even if we have not met. and i love it when strangers comment on my blog too.

in addition to circles expanding like you mentioned, i've also had such a good time reconnecting with people from my past, you and others.

good post. :)

Jodie Howerton said...

Happy to have met you via this crazy blogosphere!

Anonymous said...

It's been awhile since I've blogged, but I fully intend to start again soon. I'd like to throw my blog in the mix and share some random rantings too...

http://frvrchanged.blogspot.com/

Love your thoughts and your soul.

Jules

The Reverend's Lover said...

hEY - AWW - THAT'S SUCH A SWEET POST.

SOMETIMES i FEEL STRANGE THAT i'VE DROPPED IN ON YOUR LIFE/NETWORK BUT i LOVE YOU AND YOUR WEB FRIENDS!!

tHANKS FOR LETTING ME JOIN IN THE CIRCLE...YOU gIRLS ARE gROOVY.