Wednesday, February 27, 2019

😎🐫🎤 Christ’s peace be with you.  Reading the second letter of John, his final words in verse 12 caused me both to ponder and smile. “I have much to write to you, but I do not want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to visit you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete.”  

How easy is it nowadays to “communicate” through text, tweets, chats, and posts?  It does make it easy, but the art, skills, and benefits of face to face visits and conversation are being forgotten and lost.  In John’s day it was no easy task to hike from town to city and city to country, but he was willing to put his words on hold and wait until he could have a face to face conversation “so that our joy may be complete.”  Sharing news, the Good News, with someone face to face is by far more exciting and inspiring than through written word. And don’t forget the actual exchange of expression; the sound of laughter; seeing a person so moved by what they are sharing/hearing that they get choked up; a handshake; a hug; watching tears fill your friend’s eyes and being there to hold and comfort them. After all, where two or more are gathered in His name, He too is there with us. 

John uses almost the same closing words in his third letter, as he did in his second letter. How many letters do you read about Jesus writing compared to how many journeys He took to have face to face conversations and relationships?  There is great importance in sharing of our lives and having conversations face to face.  Bless others and be blessed. 

#JamieGrace – With You

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