A confession: Below is why I am so hesitant to promote my own stuff. It is something I struggle with not because I think promoting myself is wrong, but because with all my heart I want you to know I value your friendship and trust. I want you to think of me as a kindred, not a Sham Wow guy. No offense, Sham Wow guy.
Why Blogging Communities Are More Than Comments
Community is more than comments because, over time, you start to see people’s faithfulness in the showing up. A face you recognize from 2 years ago makes you smile and you pray for her. You hope she is doing well.
Community is more than comments because as you grab an apple in the produce section, a certain blogger comes to mind. Something she wrote recently popped into your mind as you turned the fruit over, checking for ripeness.
Community is more than comments because you’ve gotten to read pieces of stories which give you a tiny glimpse into their very real trial. As you slip under your blanket at night, you lift them up to the Lord.
Community is more than comments because people still go on, even when the blog does not. Even when their monitor is off. Even when they don’t have the strength to sit up in bed and write their usual. You know they are out there somewhere.
Community is more than comments because now we can’t look at sunflowers without thinking of you.
Community is more. It exists beyond tiny boxes and blinking cursors. We relish ours here and yet our hearts yearn to spread cheer, hope, and experience with a soul in need. Sometimes we share because we need to hear it, and God just so happens to let another get a blessing from it. We now know sometimes those gleaners never say a word. Pageviews prove it. We love you, seen and unseen.
We wanted you to know today, that you are more than comments. You are more than just a number. You are God’s child.
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Cheryl pointed out something I had never really thought of when reading the book of Ruth. I hope you’ll head over to read her blog post from last week!