Are we almost there?
How much longer?
Closer, baby, we’re getting closer.
In our ever-expanding world, proximity matters. We are fooled to believe technology can fill the role of deep friendship. That being part of an online community can satisfy our need for up-close-and-personal.
I write those words as I plan to contribute them to just one of the online communities I’m part of.
Yes, I’ve developed friends with people I only know from a screen. No, there’s no way that can come close to living life with another.
The photography class I’ve taken online has taught me about still life photography and provided live interactive opportunities with others in the group.
Still, not a substitute for sitting around with others discussing whatever is the topic of the day.
We are even allowing the online church to substitute the gathering with others, messy as we are, to come closer to Christ.
I wonder if Jesus knew. In words written thousands of years ago, we were counseled to not neglect our meeting together. Hebrews 10:25
And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
We live busy lives. We are more mobile and transient and it takes effort to get close to others. Efforts that can be exhausting. I get it. I’m part of it.
I lament a younger generation that may never know the depth of personal connection. The kind that comes from actually being in person. Or is that thinking passe?
We are living centuries after Jesus walked and might wonder how we can be close to him. Maybe it starts with gathering together. In any way, any form we can for the purpose of encouraging each other. To learn more about who Jesus is. And to let Him transform our lives.
From the song, Draw Me Close, by the Katinas:
You’re all I want
You’re all I’ve ever needed
You’re all I want
Help me know you are near